Neighbors for

Greater Capitol Hill

A Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO)

For people wanting to be involved in setting a direction for the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood

Who we are:

A group of neighborhood activists who believe that more focus is needed on Greater Capitol Hill's core issues of:

  • Zoning

  • Transportation, including walking, biking, transit and - yes - even driving. This includes parking issues, which create headaches throughout our neighborhood.

  • Historic Preservation, because our neighborhood is host to so many historic structures, including some iconic ones.

  • Licensing, including for establishments that sell alcohol and marijuana.

The boundaries of Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill are generally: York/Josephine Streets on the east, 6th Avenue on the south, Broadway on the west, and Glenarm Place/23rd Avenue on the north.

Become a Member of Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill

We will do our best to keep you informed and represent the interests of the residents of Capitol Hill. Individual memberships are just $10 for the calendar year beginning January 1.

Download the application at https://tinyurl.com/s5caf79 and mail it with your check.

We accept donations, too!

Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill

P.O. Box 18516

Denver, Colorado 80218


Officers:

  • President: Brad Cameron

  • Vice President: Caroline Schomp

  • Secretary: Michael Harr

  • Treasurer: Hilleary Waters

  • INC Delegates: Michael Henry, Brad Cameron

Board members: Shayne Brady, Michael Henry, Matt James, and Kathleen Reilly

Committees:

  • Historic Preservation - chaired by Michael Henry.

  • Zoning, Land Use, Transportation & Licensing: co-chaired by Brad Cameron, Shayne Brady.

  • Communication: chaired by Caroline Schomp.

Snow's Headed Our Way - Be Sure You Know the Removal Rules

Be a great neighbor! Everyone enjoys safe, clear sidewalks – and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their home or business clear and accessible. Shovel all sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and bus stops around your home as soon as it's practical and safe. Businesses have 4 hours after the snow stops to shovel, and residents have 24 hours. (RTD only shovels bus stops that have a shelter. If it’s just a sign with no shelter, the resident/business is responsible for this sidewalk.)

Show kindness and offer to help your neighbors if they aren't able to shovel! Neighbors helping neighbors is one of the things that makes Denver great. You can volunteer to be an official “snow angel” at www.denvergov.org/snowangels or just do a #NeighborCheck. There are all sorts of reasons why people may need assistance, or they may just not know what the city’s rules are for keeping sidewalks clear. A simple conversation with a neighbor or just lending that helping hand will almost always resolve a snowy sidewalk faster than the city can, and it will preserve city resources for the rest of Denver’s 3,000 miles of sidewalks.

Tips:

  • Use the shovel to push the snow; don't lift it.

  • Shovel early! When snow isn't shoveled, it gets packed down and becomes ice. Shoveling all the way to the pavement will also prevent ice from forming.

  • Shovel into your yard and not into roadways and bike lanes.

  • Salt can be damaging when it runs off into your lawn or the storm sewer with the snowmelt. Look for ecofriendly and pet-safe deicers.

  • Be proactive and come up with a plan for addressing sidewalks now, before it’s snowing.

Learn more at www.denvergov.org/Snow.

Latest Planning Department Proposal Increases Risk to Cheesman Park View Plane

In 2020 Denver's Community Planning and Development (CPD) unveiled its rezoning proposal for the Golden Triangle. Included were so-called "Point Towers" up to 300 feet tall. NGCH raised a concern that such tall buildings would significantly impair the mountain views from Cheesman Park, especially if they were located at the south end of the Golden Triangle.

Back then CPD failed to model how such tall buildings at the south end of the Golden Triangle would appear from Cheesman Park, so NGCH got an independent architect to take a look. Below is the result. As you can see, there would be significant impairment of Cheesman's mountain view. And remember - this is for only 300 foot tall towers.

This modeling was shared with CPD, and, after some discussion, it was hoped that the rezoning proposal would evolve to add protections to Cheesman Park's mountain view.

WRONG! On February 16th CPD released its "Preferred Zoning Strategy - Interim Report 3" regarding the Golden Triangle, a copy of which is attached. The pertinent portion about Cheesman Park's mountain view is on approximately page 9 of the Report.

Incredibly, CPD has increased the allowed height of "Point Towers" from 300 to 325 feet!

ACTION NEEDED - CPD is still soliciting comments, and has a survey on its website for people to respond. Alas, the survey fails to mention the Point Tower issue. But, it does have a box at the end to write in comments. A link to the survey is here -

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MKMFJH2

Also, comments can be sent to our City Councilpersons. Here is their contact information:

Councilman Chris Hinds - Chris.Hinds@denvergov.org

Councilwoman Debbie Ortega - OrtegaAtLarge@Denvergov.org

Councilwoman Robin Kniech - kniechatlarge@denvergov.org


Transportation Planners Want Citizen Input on Bikeway Updates

The City is underway planning multimodal transportation projects in the North Pearl neighborhood and we want to hear from you to help shape these projects! Your input will help guide how transportation is improved throughout the City.

You can provide your feedback today by taking one of our concept design surveys linked below. We’ve identified you as a stakeholder of the N Pearl St/E 11th/Emerson project. (If you want to take more than one survey, we would love to hear from you on multiple projects!) We hope to gather as much input as possible to best inform our design plans in the next stage of these projects. Please encourage your neighbors, friends, residents, and constituents to participate by completing their neighborhood survey.

If you want to know more about these new corridors, check out the project website at bit.ly/DenverMovesNetworks. There you can explore the existing conditions and can review our FAQs. If you represent a group that would be interested in meeting with the project team one-on-one, we can schedule a small group meeting.

A Stakeholders meeting will be held on April 14th from 5:30-7pm and a virtual open house for the greater public will be on April 27th from 5:30-6:30pm to present information about the Community Transportation Network and take a deeper dive into these projects! More information to come on how to join in on those meetings.

Thank you for your support and feedback!

Minutes of Board and Annual Meetings of Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill

I. MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING OF NEIGHBORS FOR GREATER CAPITOL HILL – SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 – 5-pm - Conducted via ZOOM

President Brad Cameron called the Zoom meeting to order at 5:00 pm. Board Members Caroline Schomp, Michael Henry, Hilleary Waters, Shayne Brady, Matthew James and Mike Harr were also present.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed to move the NGCH checking account from the Bank of Denver, where the time of our free checking account had expired, to Bellco Credit Union, with authorized signers Hilleary Waters, Brad Cameron, Caroline Schomp and Michael Henry.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed to authorize payment for a regular unlimited Zoom account for NGCH which can be used for board meetings, annual meetings and neighborhood assembly meetings. Brad Cameron will learn how to manage the meetings.

Brad Cameron recounted some of our activities since the last NGCH board meeting, including a letter to City representatives encouraging the allowance of camping for homeless persons on Bannock Plaza )the recently blocked-off street between West 14th Avenue and West Colfax) and a Good Neighbor Agreement with Sexy Pizza at East 11th Avenue and Ogden regarding limiting the hours of service at a newly-applied-for outdoor patio.

Brad Cameron reported that Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (of which NGCH is a member) for several months has been discussing a requirement that all INC member organizations should adopt an anti-racist policy. Michael Henry and Matthew James indicated that they would work to develop such a policy for NGCH to consider. (NOTE: Since the INC position has not yet been finalized, this has not yet been developed.)

II. MINUTES OF ANNUAL MEETING OF NEIGHBORS FOR GREATER CAPITOL HILL – DECEMBER 3, 2020 – 6pm – Conducted via Zoom

President Brad Cameron welcomed approximately 35 participants and then asked Michael Henry to manage the discussion so that he could handle the technical aspects of the Zoom discussion.

Michael Henry introduced the guest speaker, District 10 City Councilman Chris Hinds, who was elected in June 2019. He spoke for about 20 minutes regarding the major priorities for himself and the city government, especially how to deal wih the Covid 19 pandemic, homelessness and affordable housing. He then responded to questions from participants.

Brad Cameron and Michael Henry reported on several activities and accomplishments of Neighbors for reater Capitol Hill in the last year.

Brad Cameron nominated the following to serve as board members of NGCH for one-year terms: Brad Cameron, Caroline Schomp, Hilleary Waters, Michael Henry, Kathleen Reilly, Shayne Brady, Matthew James and Mike Harr. The participating members of NGCH moved, seconded and unanimously approved those nominees by acclamation.

III. Motion regarding Rezoning of Patterson Inn at 420 East 11th Avenue

Background – The Patterson Inn, also known as the Croke-Patterson Mansion, is a designated Denver landmark. For the last few years it has been operated as a bed-and-breakfast and has been allowed to serve alcohol only to guests of the bed-and-breakfast. It is currently zoned G-MU-5, UO3. The owner reached out to engage Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill in a discussion of his intention to apply to rezone the property to G-MX-3, which would enable addition of 2 additional guestrooms and service of alcohol to members of the public. The owner proposed several conditions that would protect neighbors from undesirable impacts.

On November 8, 2020, Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill conducted an online Zoom discussion at which the owner and his consultant discussed the proposed rezong and answered questions from many nearby neighbors. There were 16 neighborhood participants in the discussion. NGCH had leafleted many nearby neighbors and apartment buildings to invite them to the Zoom neighborhood assembly. Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill strongly believes that registered neighborhood organizations should contact nearby neighbors to inform them of significant rezoning proposals and get their opinions before taking a positions.

None of the attendees expressed any objections to the proposed rezoning. The nearby attendees also indicated that they had had no problems of any sort with the operation of the Patterson Inn by the current owner.

As a result, Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill expresses its support for the proposed rezoning of 420 East 11th Avenue.

We welcome your support! Please join, or renew your membership, by printing, filling out and mailing the application below. Please note that membership is NOT required in order to attend the Annual Meeting, but is to vote for the Board.

The geographic boundaries for NGCH are: (i) on the west - Broadway; (ii) on the north - 20 th Avenue east of Broadway to Glenarm Place, Glenarm Place to 25 th Street, 25 th Street to Washington Street, Washington Street to 23 rd Avenue, and 23 rd Avenue east to York Street; (iii) on the east - York Street north of 18 th Avenue and Josephine Street south of 18 th Avenue; and (iv) on the south - 6 th Avenue.

SEE our logo for a picture of our boundaries.