Council Member Amanda Sawyer – October News & Views

October 15, 2019 / Comments (0)

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Denver District 5 | October 2019
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | District 5
720-337-5555 |  [email protected]
Legislative Aide: Melissa Horn | Aide: Logan Fry
Dear Neighbors,
Denver’s Imagine 2020 is a strategic vision and future platform for arts, culture and creativity in the City. It is a call to action for city agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, civic leaders, neighborhoods and residents to ensure arts and culture are at the heart of our great city.
My office has answered that call with the revitalization of a community transit stop. This project was brought to us by concerned neighbors who live adjacent to the bus stop at Colfax and Monaco. They were looking for a way to improve a corner transit stop where they regularly find human excrement, used needles, dirty diapers, and empty alcohol bottles. This project seizes this opportunity to bring local art to the community and transit users as well as create a visual representation of East Colfax’s proud history as a pedestrian and transit corridor.
On Saturday, November 9 my office will unveil the transformation of a plain, concrete bus stop partition into a vibrant mural. Please join us to celebrate this special occasion between 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the RTD transit stop at the southwest corner of Colfax and Monaco. Refreshments will be provided.
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
Denver City Council, District 5
District 5 Community Survey
By now you should have received our first District 5 mailer, which includes a link to our annual Resident Survey. Please engage in the process by filling out the survey at
There are a lot of changes taking place in our community and your voice can make the difference in how Denver is shaped for future generations. I look forward to partnering with each of you as we work to empower our thriving community.
Community Office Hours
Come and meet with Amanda to discuss issues and have coffee.
The Councilwoman holds office hours in the community weekly at different district locations. She will meet with people by appointment only for the first hour and then is available for drop-in discussions for the second hour. The upcoming office hours are as follows:
Please contact the office at [email protected] or 720-337-5555 to set up an appointment or just stop by during the second hour. If you’re unable to make any of these times, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at another time.
East Area Plan Community Feedback Session – October 29
The next opportunity to share your thoughts on the future of the East Area is coming! Take our online survey when it goes live Tuesday, October 29 or attend the community workshop.
Attendees will have the chance to weigh in on new alternatives for building heights and housing options, and on updates to draft plan recommendations that cover the local economy and housing, mobility, land use and urban design, and quality of life, including open space. The updates will reflect input city planners received throughout the summer on the first draft of the plan recommendations, released in May.
East Area Plan Community Workshop
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 29
Johnson & Wales University Academic Center
Food will be provided – Children are welcome.
Can’t make the community feedback session? Meeting materials and opportunities to share your voice online will be posted at
Disposable Grocery Bag Fee Survey
In an effort to reduce waste and encourage the adoption of reusable bags, three Council members are considering proposing a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper checkout bags at grocery stores in Denver. This proposal incentivizes people to bring reusable bags to the store and will not apply to SNAP benefit recipients. The decision to institute a bag fee instead of banning plastic bags is due to an existing Colorado law §25-17-104 restricting municipal regulation of plastics.
Do you support a fee for disposable plastic and paper grocery checkout bags? Share your opinion by filling out my brief survey at
Proposal to Increase the Minimum Wage in Denver
A proposal to raise wages for all all workers employed in Denver starting January 1, 2020 was recently announced by Mayor Michael Hancock and At-Large Councilwoman Robin Kniech.
The proposal follows the incremental path outlined by the state legislature and would raise wages to $13.80/hr. on January 1, 2020, and then to $15.87/hr. in 2021. Wages would then increase more gradually based on the cost of living in 2022, and each Jan. 1 after. The proposal will boost pay for more than 100,000 Denver workers by 2021.
Please attend one of these citywide public meetings to share your feedback and learn more about the proposal:
Additional resources on the proposal are available at Following the robust stakeholder input, the official City Council process to adopt this proposal is planned to begin in November.
Proposed Windsor Gardens 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box
The Windsor Gardens Community Center has been identified as potential location for a 24-hour ballot drop box. It is one of several new potential locations for Voter Service and Polling Centers and 24-hour Drop Box locations for the upcoming March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
Show your support for this or other proposed locations by submitting your comments by phone at 3-1-1 or online at Denver Elections will take public comment regarding locations for Voter Service and Polling Centers and 24-hour Drop Box locations from October 7 through October 21.
Jackson Street Storm Drain Construction
Denver Public Works (DPW) will be installing an improved, expanded storm drain system to provide greater flood protection for residents, National Jewish Health (NJH) patients and staff, and local businesses from heavy rainstorms and other storm events. In addition, the expanded and improved Jackson Street Storm Drain System will create capacity to receive stormwater coming from the upstream area around Hale Parkway, which also has a long history of significant flooding problems.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020 and should last approximately 16-18 months. Through traffic will be maintained for the majority of the project; however, full lane closures will be required on E. 14th Avenue in the area around Jackson and Harrison Streets during the final phase of the project, which is expected to begin in early 2021. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.
DPW will be holding a public meeting in early December where project engineers will be available to answer questions about the upcoming construction. For updates on this meeting or the project as it develops, click HERE.
The Cove at Tava Waters Development
The Cove at Tava Waters (800 & 810 South Valentia Street) has begun preparing their vacant land for development. This area is zoned for a Planned Unit Development (PUD 376) and the property owner submitted their Site Development Plan for approval in 2017. The initial work at this site has included the removal of established trees, including those near the High Line Canal. This activity has elicited many questions and concerns from area residents. To address this, our office requested that a Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) Professional Land Surveyor visit the site and ensure that the boundaries, and trees, of the High Line Canal are being respected. Thanks to DPR’s efforts, we can confirm that the development is not encroaching onto the High Line Canal. Although we understand the community’s concerns about the loss of open space, the developer’s actions are within their legal rights. Our office will continue to monitor this development and encourage everyone to report additional concerns to 3-1-1.
Plans for this project are available for review on the City Site Development Plan website.
Proposed Legislation: Liquor Common Consumption
In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed a law that authorizes local jurisdictions to license designated areas where patrons can drink alcoholic beverages in an enclosed common space, serviced by existing liquor-licensed establishments. Over the past two years, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has sought feedback from city agencies, public safety groups, citizens, registered neighborhood organizations, business and tourism groups, and industry members.
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses has submitted an ordinance request to City Council to consider a pilot program for liquor common consumption in Denver. They will present the a pilot program for liquor common consumption at the BIZ Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in Room 391 of the City and County Building, located at 1437 Bannock Street. There will be time on the agenda for public comment.
If you’d like to learn more about the proposed pilot program and read a draft of the ordinance language prior to the committee meeting, please visit the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses’ webpage HERE.
Robinson Park Open House
Located in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood, Robinson Park’s playground and basketball court are currently being redesigned with input from the surrounding community. Join Denver Parks and Recreation for an Open House to view results from the public survey and provide feedback on the concept design.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Carson Elementary School; 5420 E. 1st Ave.
For more information, visit or email the Project Manager at [email protected]. This project is funded through the Elevate Denver Bond Program, approved by voters in 2017 to enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life across Denver.
11th Avenue Buffered Bike Lane
The Denver Moves Bicycle plan identified 11th Avenue for future bike infrastructure in East Colfax to provide a traffic calming effect and help connect residents to the existing and proposed bike network in the area. Denver Public Works will be repaving 11th Avenue from Quebec Street to North Yosemite Street in Summer 2019 and will include bike lanes as part of the project.
The new bike lane will enable residents and visitors to more comfortably bicycle to the multi-use trail at Uinta Way, the proposed bike lanes on North Yosemite Street, the proposed neighborhood bike way on E 12th Avenue, and beyond!
  • Dedicated space on the street for people who ride bikes.
  • Street design that lowers the stress of riding and reduces conflicts between bikes and cars.
  • Improved pavement conditions for people traveling by car, bike, and bus.
  • Better connections to the places you want to go, such as schools, parks, trails, and transit.
  • Removal of center left-turn lane except at traffic signals.
To learn more visit, email [email protected] or call 720-865-3110
E. Tennessee Avenue & S. Oneida Street Storm Drain Public Meeting
Denver Public Works has completed the design phase of the new storm water pipe and infrastructure improvements beginning at Lollipop Lake in Garland Park and the Cherry Creek waterway and ending at E. Tennessee Avenue and S. Oneida Street. The purpose of this multi-phase project is to improve flood protection, increase pedestrian and driver safety during storm events, and to improve water quality for storm water runoff going into Lollipop Lake and the Cherry Creek waterway.
Phase 1 is at the intersection of E. Mississippi Avenue & S. Monaco Avenue Parkway. Phase 2 is from Lollipop Lake in Garland Park to S. Monaco Avenue Parkway. Phase 3 is from S. Monaco Avenue Parkway to the sump north of S. Oneida Street and E. Tennessee Avenue.
Location: George Washington High School Library; 655 S. Monaco Parkway
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Please plan to attend to learn more about the proposed design for this project. This is a family friendly meeting.
Denver’s LeafDrop Program
Once Halloween is over, it’s time to take that Jack-O’-Lantern off the porch! Give it a second life and take it to a Denver LeafDrop site so it can be composted. Denver residents can drop-off raked leaves and now pumpkins. They will be turned into a high-quality compost for residents to purchase at a discounted price in May.
Denver Recycles, Be A Smart Ash, and Ace Hardware stores are teaming up to give away FREE 5-packs of 30-gallon paper leaf bags to help Denver residents keep leaves out of the landfill! Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves; saving time and reducing plastic waste.
Weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) Drop-Off Sites, November 2 – 17, 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Bruce Randolph High School, 3955 Steele St. (E. 40th Ave. & Steele St.)
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station, 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & E. Jewell Ave.)
  • Havana Nursery, 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Havana St.)
  • Kennedy High School, 2855 S Lamar St. (Newland St. & Brown Pl.)
  • Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sheridan Blvd. (17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.)
  • Veterans Park, 2100 E. Iowa Ave. (S. Vine St. & E. Iowa Ave.)
Weekday (Monday through Friday) Drop-Off Sites, Now through December 6, 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station, 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (S. Quebec St. & E. Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Havana Nursery, 10450 Smith Rd. (just south of I-70 on Havana St.)
  • South Platte, 678 S. Jason St. (enter on W. Exposition Ave.)
  • Bring your leaves in paper leaf bags, if possible.
  • Drop-off sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street, as they can clog storm sewers and street sweepers.
Current District 5 Rezoning Requests
10353 East Mississippi Avenue
  • Zoning change from B-1 to S-MX-3
  • Case Number 2019I-00048
  • Any questions or comments regarding this proposed rezoning may be directed to Ella Stueve, Senior City Planner, at [email protected].
  • Community Planning & Development Staff Recommendation: Approval
  • Planning Board (public input opportunity): October 16 at 3:00 pm, 1437 Bannock St., Room 389
1369 Quince Street
  • Zoning change from E-SU-Dx to E-SU-D1x
  • Case Number 2019I-00111
  • Any questions or comments regarding this proposed rezoning may be directed to Theresa Lucero, Senior City Planner, at [email protected].
  • Community Planning & Development Staff Recommendation: Approval
  • Planning Board (public input opportunity): October 16 at 3:00 pm, 1437 Bannock St., Room 389
For more information on proposed rezonings in Denver please click HERE.
Upcoming Events
Hauntings at the Hangar
October 26, 10:00-2:00 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum; 7711 E. Academy Blvd
Hilltop Halloween Parade
October 27, 11:00 am
Cranmer Park to Robinson Park
Historic Montclair Community Association Halloween Party
October 27, 3:30-5:00 pm
The Molkery; 6820 E. 12th Avenue
Denver Arts Week
November 1-9
Celebrate all things ART in The Mile High City. Explore Denver’s creative neighborhoods, galleries, museums and cultural attractions
Election Day
November 5, Ballots must be received by 7:00 pm
Community Mural Unveiling
November 9, 11:00-12:30 pm
RTD Transit Stop at the Southwest Corner of Colfax & Monaco
Community refreshments and the unveiling of the finished mural

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Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | District 5
720-337-5555 |  [email protected]
Senior Council Aide: Melissa Horn | Council Aide: Logan Fry | Council Aide: Sara Visser

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