Hilltop Neighborhood Meeting – Phantom Alleys; Creeping Property Lines – **POSTPONED**
Effective March 11, 2020, Mayor Hancock and the City’s Department of Public Health & Environment has directed all city employees to postpone or seek on-line alternatives to avoid city-sponsored and/or non-essential public meetings because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, this meeting has been postponed. We will keep you posted when we are able to reschedule and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Hilltop is unique in the City of Denver; we have a mix of public alleys, private alleys, and alleys that were initially laid out but never built. It’s this last category that has created a dilemma; over the years adjacent property owners have expanded their backyards onto this land and the alleys have “disappeared”. Unknown to most owners; they don’t own this land and utilities have easements on it. For decades there wasn’t much of a problem as Denver wasn’t interested in recapturing the land, paving it and maintaining the subsequent alleys. However, property turnover and pressure to build larger homes has made it difficult to track what new owners have actually bought. After all, who really looks at a survey of their property? As this issue has cropped up, some blocks have agreed to officially take over this land and Denver has deeded it to the adjacent homeowners. Meanwhile, other blocks have decided to keep this land as city-owned to maintain a buffer between neighbors. This has created a patchwork of conditions throughout Hilltop. Due to the lack of awareness of the issue, some properties were marketed as larger than they legally were and houses were designed and constructed larger than the properties would allow.
To inform our neighborhood of this issue, the Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association is hosting a meeting for City officials to provide a history, present maps illustrating where the issue arises, give their position, and present possible ways forward. There will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions.
The Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association is not taking a position on this matter, our interest is solely in keeping our neighbors informed.
The meeting will be held on Monday, April 6th from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM at the Graland Country Day School Fieldhouse, second floor conference room.