Neighbors for

Greater Capitol Hill

A New Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO)

For people who want to be actively 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 Henry

  • Treasurer: Hilleary Waters

Board members: Shayne Brady, Mike Harr, Matt James, Kevin Logan, and Kathleen Reilly

Committees:

  • Historic Preservation - chaired by Michael Henry.

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

  • Communication: chaired by Caroline Schomp.

This slate of members was re-elected to serve through 2020 at the Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill annual meeting on November 19.

The Colfax Marathon in City Park - Oct. 10

Welcome Back to Running 5K
City Park

Saturday October 10, 2020

www.runcolfax.org/denver-events-2/welcome-back-denver-5k/

Event Schedule

Set Up and Event Activities

- Friday, October 9th, Noon-5pm

- Saturday, October 10th, 4 am – Noon

Tear Down and Cleanup

- Saturday, October 10th, Noon- 2pm

- Sunday, October 11th, 8am-Noon

Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

Since this running and walking event occurs within the barricaded off streets within City Park, there is no change to the existing road closures or parking.

Event Description

This event will have four start groups with 175 people starting each hour beginning at 8am. Participants that have already registered (the event is sold out at this time) receive a great navy, heather shirt and slate, commemorative coaster.

The event entrance will be located at the roadway that goes downhill into City Park between the Zoo property and the Museum of Nature and Science parking lot Please see below for a map of the event area.

Find event details and updates at www.runcolfax.org/denver-events-2/welcome-back-denver-5k/

Thank you for your support and cooperation with this community event. We are working with the City and County of Denver to minimize all event-related disruptions. We hope to see you there!

Please contact Creigh Kelley at Creigh@runcolfax.org and 303.667.2131 with any questions.


New City Committee to Make Infill Housing Recs

Community Planning and Development is preparing to kick off a ‘Residential Infill’ project. The purpose is to implement City Council-adopted policy for improved access to opportunity in residential neighborhoods through more diverse housing choices while addressing common concerns about design that doesn’t fit in with existing architecture.

The project will explore zoning updates to:

1. Allow for familiar and more naturally affordable housing that can gently broaden our available housing options, like duplexes, row homes, and accessory dwelling units in appropriate locations

2. Ensure that the design of new infill construction is sensitive to the surrounding architecture and acknowledges its historic context

3. Retain neighborhood heritage and culture through preservation of existing homes

Along with the Affordable Housing Zoning Incentive Project already underway, this project will be an important step towards addressing Blueprint Denver recommendations related to housing in Denver.

The community outreach process for the Residential Infill project will include a facilitated stakeholder advisory committee composed of 20-25 residents from a variety of neighborhood contexts in Denver, including some residents with special expertise in housing design, construction and affordability. As we form the committee, we welcome suggestions for resident members from diverse backgrounds, particularly residents who may be vulnerable to displacement or live in neighborhoods that are experiencing significant change. The committee will meet 10-12 times throughout the two-year project, beginning in fall 2020.

If you're interested, please let Laura Sneeringer of the Consensus Building Institute know: 720-251-9842 lsneeringer@cbi.org


East Central Area Plan Approved 11-1

City Council approved the East Central Area Plan at its regular meeting on Monday, October 5. The plan was more than three years in the making, and amounted to 284 pages that covered all aspects of planning from zoning, transportation and parks, to economic development and historic preservation.

The plan was not without controversy. Several registered neighborhood organizations opposed it, although Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill did not take a position.

The ECAP was moved to City Council after a unanimous vote to approve it by the Denver Planning Board. City Council passed it with a vote of 11-1, with Candi CdeBaca - in whose district three of the six neighborhoods covered by the plan are located - dissenting and Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer not present.

Major Changes Proposed on Franklin Street

City bicycle planners have proposed a plan that would close off a block of heavily traveled Franklin St. between 14th Ave. and Colfax to northbound traffic. Traffic would be diverted onto eastbound 14th Ave. at Franklin St. Southbound traffic would have continued access. Residents of the 1400 block of Franklin would only be able to access parking and driveways by traveling south on Franklin and doing a U-turn at 14th Ave. The plan is to provide much better bicycle access on Franklin, creating a more direct bicycle route from 29th Ave. through Cheesman Park and then continue south to the Cherry Creek bike trail. You can see a map of the proposed changes below. The city has promised there will be extensive opportunity for public input before the changes are finalized.

Additional changes are planned on 7th Ave., including diverting traffic at Williams St. either to 8th Ave. or 6th Ave. Additionally, several small traffic circles would be installed westbound on 7th Ave. between Williams and Downing. One other change could potentially restrict motor vehicle use of 7th Ave. between Lincoln and Broadway.

City & County of Denver

Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Notice of Public Hearing to Update Alcohol Policy

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks & Recreation for the City & County of Denver is proposing to update its Alcohol Policy.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will hear public comments on this proposed revision on Wed. October 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Board’s regular meeting, currently being held online through Cisco WebEx platform. Access the October 14, 2020 PRAB meeting via Cisco WebEx: https://denvergov.webex.com/denvergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb3f7743f4ea79efa3968fbb647afc0ba

To speak at the public hearing, email Arthur.gilkison@denvergov.org

A copy of the current Alcohol Policy, along with the proposed revised policy, is on file with the Manager of Parks & Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website at denvergov.org/ParksandRecreation.

City & County of Denver

Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Notice of Public Hearing to Update Wheeled and E-devices Policy

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks & Recreation for the City & County of Denver is proposing to update its Park Use Rules and Regulations.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will hear public comments on this proposed revision on Wed. October 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Board’s regular meeting, currently being held online through Cisco WebEx platform. Access the October 14, 2020 PRAB meeting via Cisco WebEx: https://denvergov.webex.com/denvergov/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb3f7743f4ea79efa3968fbb647afc0ba

To speak at the public hearing, email Arthur.gilkison@denvergov.org

A copy of the current Park Use and Regulations, along with the proposed revised policy, is on file with the Manager of Parks & Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website at denvergov.org/ParksandRecreation.


City's 2020 Leaf Drop Program Is Open for Business

It’s that time of year when the leaves are starting to change and fall. When raking leaves, rather than throwing them in the trash to be taken to a landfill, Denver residents can drop them off at a Denver LeafDrop site to be composted for free, now through December 4! Composting is nature’s way of recycling and returning valuable organic matter and nutrients to soil to be used again to help plants thrive. Compost created through Denver’s LeafDrop Program will be made available for residents to purchase at a discounted rate in the spring.

The following LeafDrop locations will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (entrance on E. Jewell Ave.)

  • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Smith Road; leaves must be brought in bags at this location)

  • Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave. (leaves must be brought in bags at this location)

When dropping off raked leaves, paper bags are preferred - they can also be composted! Denver residents can download a coupon to receive a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores at denvergov.org/leafdrop.

Here are a few more helpful tips:

  • Please make sure to social distance and wear a face covering at drop-off locations.

  • Leaves cannot contain branches or other materials

  • Only bring leaves to drop-off sites during specified dates and times; dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.

  • Pumpkins are also accepted for composting at drop-off locations

  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street; they could clog storm sewer inlets and Denver’s street sweepers.

Weekend LeafDrop sites will be opening soon at the end of October! More information to come as dates get closer. To learn more about Denver’s LeafDrop Program, please visit denvergov.org/leafdrop.