The Planning Board met Wednesday Nov 7. At the hearing, staff presents the case to the board. Here is the Staff Report and Recommendation. The applicant, who is required to attend, may make a presentation, and interested members of the public may speak on the case. Once public testimony is complete, the board deliberates and makes a recommendation to City Council for approval, approval with conditions, or denial. At yesterday’s hearing before the Planning Board, there was one abstention but the rest of the Board voted to support the rezoning.
It was an interesting meeting and discussion. There were about a dozen people who signed up to speak; Tom Hart, Zoning Committee Chair and Wende Reoch, Acting President, recapped the Civic Association’s process, the covenants, and our Board’s position. There was also a person from YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) who spoke in favor. The rest of the speakers opposed the rezoning. There were a few from our neighborhood but the majority were from Crestmoor (public comment is noted in the record for the meeting and posted (eventually!) on the CPD Meetings Record page. We thought the Planning Board did an excellent job of addressing the concerns raised and reviewing their process in making a decision. They noted their appreciation of the Association’s role in advocating for the neighborhood to get the best project. While the City tries not to get involved with covenants, they made note of this as a good way to maintain some control and set expectations.
The sequence for most cases reviewed by the Planning Board is as follows:
- Planning Board meeting (includes a public hearing) – Done – Nov. 7, 2018
- Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (aka LUTI) Committee meeting (public hearing optional and at this point it does not appear to be an option, but we will confirm as soon as we are able and post that here) – Scheduled for November 27 at 10:30 am in Room 391 of the City and County Bldg, 1437 Bannock Street.
- Denver City Council meeting (includes a public hearing) – Scheduled for January 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm in Room 450 of the City and County Bldg, 1437 Bannock Street.
The public may continue to submit comments to the staff case manager: Theresa Lucero, Senior City Planner, at [email protected]. Please reference Case # 2017I-00153
The rezoning process in Denver is explained here.