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Planning Denver's west side
Better permitting services
Density downtown
Neighborhood partnerships
At-home sales from urban gardens
Taking stock of Denver's treasures
Expanding multi-modal transportation
Modernizing our building code
 
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Welton Street in Five Points is seeing a renaissance. The mayor's Welton Design Challenge resulted in grant funding for five of the many projects in play in the area. This year, a set of design guidelines for the Welton Street Commercial Corridor Historic District will be complete, and the district will get a new name: the Five Points Historic Cultural District.
 
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Eight great things happening in 2015
1. Planning Denver's west side
westwood Westwood is a culturally diverse neighborhood of 15,500 residents located west of Federal Boulevard, south of Alameda Avenue and north of Mississippi Avenue. It's mainly comprised of single-family homes with a few key commercial corridors. A ULI panel found that Westwood would benefit from infrastructure for improved walkability and bike-ability, and more community gathering spaces. In early 2015, city planners will meet with residents to kick off a plan for Westwood's future. Learn more and sign up for email updates at DenverGov.org/Westwood.
2. Better permitting services
development permits Last year saw several milestones in construction activity in the city, including the highest permit volumes in 10 years. Through a combination of new technology, business process improvements and hiring, we continue to build capacity to meet the demands of property owners and building professionals. Take our survey to provide feedback, and watch for more on a new software system that will streamline the permitting process behind the scenes, while improving the level of customer service we provide to the public. 
3. Density downtown
arapahoe square Arapahoe Square is adjacent to Denver's central business district, and today contains many surface parking lots and underused parcels. This emerging area could someday be the most urban of the northeast downtown neighborhoods -- vibrant and dense, with a mix of uses. A collaborative effort is underway to draft new zoning and design standards for Arapahoe Square, and help it become Denver's next great neighborhood. Learn more and sign up for email updates at DenverGov.org/ArapahoeSquare.
4. Stronger neighborhood partnerships
golden triangle handshake In 2014, Denver residents shared with us their concerns and requests for changes, big and small. In response, we've put in place earlier neighborhood notifications, launched a task force on general development plans and made information easier to find on our web site. We continue to listen and find ways to improve communication between Community Planning and Development and Denver's neighborhoods.
5. At-home sales from urban gardens
fresh produce zoning This year will mark the first full growing season in which city residents may sell from their homes fresh produce and "cottage foods" that they grow and make themselves. This zoning code change will expand access to fresh, healthy, affordable foods throughout Denver's neighborhoods, while allowing avid gardeners to earn a little extra money.
6. Taking stock of Denver's treasures
discover denver logoDiscover Denver is a program to identify historic and architecturally significant structures in our city through public records, neighborhood canvassing, academic research, and tips from the public. Beginning in 2013, Discover Denver recorded data on 3,000 buildings as part of three pilots, which are nearly complete. In 2015, Discover Denver will expand citywide -- with a goal of surveying every single building in the city over the next decade. 
7. Expanding multi-modal transportation
mayor hancock bike lane More and more downtown workers are commuting by bike and on foot, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership's 2014 commuter survey. The city is working to expand transportation choices citywide so that the alternatives to driving are safer and more attractive. Multi-modal streets elevate all types of transportation to be equally important, and help the city accommodate population growth. Watch for multimodal progress in several locations including: Brighton Boulevard, a new 35th/36th pedestrian bridge connecting Blake and Wazee, and protected bike lanes on Lawrence and Arapahoe streets.
8. Modernizing our building code
In 2015, Denver will adopt the 2015 international codes for building and fire safety, bringing Denver regulations in line with the latest building safety standards worldwide. As part of code adoption, city officials are considering Denver-specific amendments to the codes. Learn more or review proposed amendments at DenverGov.org/buildingcode