Denver Public Works-Parking Operations is proposing a change to parking restrictions in the residential streets near the Steck and Hill Schools. Please review the letter from the city and the map of proposed streets and contact Parking Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback prior to the Aug 22, 2016 deadline.
From Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman on May 6, 2016:
Thank you all for your emails regarding the proposed construction of an alternative tower structure at 51 Grape Street. Since I did not know of the proposal until the neighborhood did I asked for a briefing with Community Planning and Development on Wednesday afternoon so I could give more information to you. There are some important points regarding this proposal.
- Despite the fact that the application for the alternative tower structure says “Zoning Permit” – this is not a request to change the zoning of the property to allow the structure.
- The alternative tower structure is already a permitted use within the property’s current zoning. The actual zoning of the property remains the same, so City Council has no jurisdiction over this matter. Decision is made by city zoning staff.
- 51 N Grape St Notification Letter
- 50 N Grape St ZPIN Submittal & Updated Application
Here is a photo of the alternative structure.
It is made to look like an evergreen tree with the transmitters among the branches at the top.
- Anyone can send in comments about the proposed structure.
- Comments should be sent to Stephen.Elkins@denvergov.org
- The comment period ends at 4:30pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016
- All comments in opposition must refer to criteria for alternative tower structures written in the code found in Sections 11.5.2.B.3 and 220.127.116.11 and show how the proposed structure does not meet one or more of the review criteria.
- Since the proposal is an “alternative tower structure” it is allowed in residential zones but requires posting of the intent to construct, comment period, etc.
The sections of the zoning code related to this application are:
- Review Criteria – The review criteria for the application is detailed in the Denver Zoning Code (DZC), Section 11.5.2.B.3. See https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/community-planning-and-development/zoning/denver-zoning-code.html
- Intent Criteria – Detailed in Section 18.104.22.168.A of the code
The intent of this Section 11.5.2 is to establish regulations for telecommunications facilities to achieve the following goals:
1. To protect residential areas and lands by minimizing adverse impacts of towers;
2. To encourage the location of towers in nonresidential Zone Districts;
3. To minimize the total number of towers in the community;
4. To encourage the joint use of new and existing tower locations;
5. To ensure that towers are located in areas that minimizes adverse impacts;
6. To ensure towers and antennas are configured in a way that minimizes adverse visual impacts by careful design, appropriate siting, landscape screening, and innovative camouflaging techniques;
7. To enhance the ability to provide telecommunications services to the community quickly, effectively and efficiently;
8. To consider public health and safety of telecommunications facilities;
9. To avoid damage to adjacent properties from tower failure through careful engineering and locating of tower structures;
10. To encourage the attachment of antennas to existing structures; and
11. To facilitate the provision of telecommunications services throughout the city
- See Also: Requirements for Alternative Tower Structures – Section 22.214.171.124.E.4 and other criteria in the zoning code section
Will be issued and posted during the week of June 6, 2016
- If the alternative structure is allowed, residents will have 15 days to appeal the decision to the Board of Adjustment. There is a $300 fee to appeal a decision.
- If the structure is denied, the applicant (Verizon Wireless) will also have the opportunity to appeal to the Board of Adjustment.
- Any further appeals will go through Denver District Court.
For those of you that have voiced specific concerns to me:
- Why is this proposal being made? The current wireless towers are at their maximum capacity and the city’s planning department has been informed to expect as many as 600 new applications (from all wireless carriers) this year. The majority of these applications are for building and rooftop mounted antenna facilities. The increase in Denver’s population and the fact that there are limited cellular infrastructure in the city makes Denver one of the worst cities in the country for wireless servicehttp://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29608292/denver-among-5-worst-cities-125-mobile-performance. In low density residential neighborhoods, there are fewer opportunities to place a tower on top of a multi-story building, so the application has been made for the alternative tower structure.
- How stable is it? The tower is required to have concrete footers buried underground, so it will be much more stable than a tree.
- Where are there other towers? Map of all telecommunication towers within Denver. Community Planning and Development is working on a map of all telecommunication towers within Denver and expect to have this completed in a few months.
- What about health concerns? Below are links to several sites with information on this concern:
- American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phone-towers
- National Institute of Health: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/electromagneticfields.html
- Federal Communications Commission: https://www.fcc.gov/engineering-technology/electromagnetic-compatibility-division/radio-frequency-safety/faq/rf-safety
Mary Beth Susman, City Council District 5
Please follow these two links to view the most recent rezoning application and a summary of the 3/10/2016 neighborhood meeting.
The developer of the 50 South Colorado project is further evaluating the proposal for the site’s development and will not be ready to present his considerations at our neighborhood meeting on March 10th. The Association felt it would still be valuable to meet with concerned neighbors.
- Clarify the Content of the Rezoning Application
- Explore Questions, Concerns, Hopes for the Site
- Explore Next Steps for the Cranmer Park- Hilltop Civic Association
We are very lucky to have a professional meeting facilitator on the Association Board, Mike Hughes has generously offered to facilitate our meeting.
Visit www.TheParkPeople.org for more info and for the online application (or) request a paper application by calling 303.722.6262.
Applications Due: February 15
Tree Pick Up & Planting: April 16
Trees beautify our communities, enhance property values (up to 10%), shade our homes, and help us conserve energy. Let’s make our city an even better place to live, work, and play!
The Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association is hosting a meeting in conjunction with the Denver Police Department to address the recent increase in crime within the neighborhood. City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and representatives from both DPD District 2 and 3 will attend the meeting.
Thursday, January 14 6 – 7:30 pm
Christ Church United Methodist
690 Colorado Boulevard (across from Snooze)
Agenda to include:
Best methods to reduce crime
Private patrolling – DPD perspective and any data gathered from the recent trial run over the holidays
The role of the Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association
Interested neighbors are invited to attend a community meeting on Monday, January 4th at 6 pm at in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd (just off 7th Avenue across from Snooze). Representatives from Park Burger, a restaurant located at 211 S. Holly St., will be discussing their application for a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License, which would allow them to serve spirits.
Located in the Fellowship Hall
12/15 – DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS MEETING IS CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AND INFORM YOU AS SOON AS A NEW DATE IS ARRANGED.
Please join Continuum Partners on December 15, 2015 at 6 pm for an update
regarding the progress of the 9th and Colorado project. The meeting will be
held at Dahlia Street Church of Christ located at 1100 Dahlia Street.
Demolition continues on the site as Continuum Partners moves forward with
development planning. Come out and learn more about this year’s progress,
construction updates and future development goals for 2016.
Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping. Please be respectful of your neighbors and only bring your leaves during designated times.
There is another location just minutes away that is open during the week:
Cherry Creek Transfer Station, 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South). Open Mon – Fri, 8 am to 2 pm, October 5 – November 30 (closed on Thanksgiving).
Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead! Denver residents can pick up a free five-pack of paper leaf and yard bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. Visit denvergov.org/leafdrop to print a coupon and see the list of participating Ace Hardware stores.
Help the city manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:
- Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.
- Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
- Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.