June 11, 2022



INC Delegate Meeting

INC Delegate monthly meetings are held the second Saturday of every month to discuss common issues, Hot Topics and neighborhood concerns and to create position statements on critical issues impacting Denver. These meetings are a great way to get to know what is happening at the ground level in your city.  There typically is a program/forum/presentation on a topic of interest to neighborhoods.

Here is the information to join the Zoom meeting:

Register in advance here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

INC will have their delegate meeting on Saturday June 11 from 9 – 9:30 AM 

Topics at the June 11, 2022 9:00 a.m. INC Delegates Meeting
· Nicole Kim from Excise and License who will discuss licensing for residential rental property  and Short Term Rental Advisory Committee.  Full agenda posted as soon as we receive it.

*Meetings and forums are recorded to be shown on the INC You Tube channel at a later date.

Motion for the June INC Delegates meeting – Denver Deserves Sidewalks

As announced at the INC Delegates Meeting on May 14, 2022, the INC Transportation Committee has unanimously recommended that INC make a motion of support for the Denver Deserves Sidewalks item for the November 2022 ballot, for consideration by Denver voters.  This motion will be considered at the upcoming June 11, 2022 Delegates meeting.
Motion for the INC Delegation:
INC supports the Denver Deserves Sidewalks ballot initiative, to refer to Denver voters the question of removing the responsibility for repairs from adjacent property owners and placing this responsibility on the City, and establishing a dedicated fee to fund this work. INC urges all member RNOs to support this important issue.
For 16 years, INC has adopted positions calling on the city to replace the current policy of making each property owner individually responsible for sidewalk installation and maintenance with a citywide program.  In our Delegation-adopted INC Transportation Platform, the first three items in the Walkability section are:
4. Walkability
4.1. The pedestrian network is fundamental to making all other modes of transportation possible, including transit and biking.
4.2. Denver should adopt measures to preserve and complete sidewalk networks, including flagstone sidewalks where that is part of the established character of an area.
4.3. Denver should replace the current city policy that makes individual homeowners responsible for the cost of installing or repairing walks with alternative sources of funding. Leverage the city’s negotiating power to get the best value on sidewalk installation and maintenance.
INC’s Zoning and Planning Platform also calls on the city to move to a new citywide funding mechanism for sidewalks:
7.2 Sidewalks — Complete, well-maintained and safe sidewalk networks are critical. The city should pursue a new funding mechanism to install and maintain sidewalks city-wide as called for in the Pedestrian Master Plan.
Following many years of inaction by our elected officials, and despite direct communications from INC to the Mayor and extensive discussions with councilmembers, it has become clear that the city has no plans to bring forward a comprehensive plan to take care of our ever-worsening sidewalks.
Over the last several months many residents serving on mobility, health, and equity community organizations, including many regular participants at the INC Transportation Committee, with the leadership and coordination of the Denver Streets Partnership, have developed the Denver Deserves Sidewalks ballot initiative. This proposal closely matches what INC has been calling for, directly asking voters for support in transferring responsibility for sidewalks to the city, and funding a cost-effective program with a dedicated fee based on each property’s street frontage length and context.

Full details about the ballot initiative are available at www.DenverSidewalks.com
·      Two-page fact sheet
This topic has been presented at-length at both the May 12th INC Transportation Committee (recording) and the May 28th INC Zoning & Planning Committee (recording) meetings. Those presentations with extensive Q&A are available on the INC YouTube channel, which Delegates are encouraged to review.
Motion at the INC Transportation Committee meeting:
Following the presentation at the INC Transportation Committee meeting on May 12, 2022, Michael Henry moved and Luchia Brown seconded the following motion:
I move that the INC Transportation Committee recommend to the INC Delegation that INC should support the Denver Deserves Sidewalks initiative, and urge all of our member organizations to participate as loudly and strongly as they can for this important issue.
Of those voting at the committee meeting, the vote was 15 in favor, 0 opposed

Further background material may be viewed in both of the following recorded meetings held by INC to help educate its members about this important topic.

May 12 INC Transportation Committee meeting. Table of contents listed below.

00:00:00 Introductions
00:00:54 Denver Deserves Sidewalks Ballot Initiative – Jill Locantore, Denver Streets Partnership Executive Director
00:33:16 RTD Systemwide Fare Study and Equity Analysis – Chris Quinn, Fare and Pass Project Manager
01:02:46 RTD Rail Service Planning – Tegan Rice, RTD Senior Service/Planner Scheduler – Rail Team
01:24:11 State Legislative Update – Piep van Heuven, Director of Government Relations, Bicycle Colorado

May 28 INC Zoning and Planning Committee meeting. Table of contents listed below.

Table of Contents

00:00:00 Joel Noble, INC Transportation Chair introduces proposed side walk bill and explains INC role in it
00:03:21 Jill Locantore,  Executive Director, Denver Streets Partnership, explains the campaign to bring this ballot initiative on sidewalks to Denver voters in November.
00:16:00 Questions and Comments
00:41:03 CM Kevin Flynn position statement and presentation
00:47:03 Questions and Comments
01:16:31 Closing comments

About INC
Established in 1975, Denver INC (Inter Neighborhood Cooperation) is a voluntary, non-profit coalition of representatives from Denver’s registered neighborhood organizations (RNO’s), city agencies and others that gather to promote responsible city change and growth for Denver. Membership represents over two-thirds of Denver’s households. We focus on citizen education/advocacy and fair-balance presentations on issues impacting Denver residents.
For many years, INC has increasingly become the vital voice of Denver’s neighborhoods on municipal public policy. Through its committees, INC has developed the first comprehensive Citizens Education Academy, provided representatives to City task forces, furnished resources and tools to promote neighborhood organizational development and been involved in shaping recent marijuana initiatives and short term rental conditions.
Mailing: INC, PO Box 300684, Denver, CO 80218 Website: www.denverinc.org