In 2016, The City and County of Denver introduced the Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI) in an effort to ensure that all areas of the city are covered by a custom, applicable area plan for neighborhoods to create and unfold a vision that is community-specific. WDRC is proactively seeking interested candidates to represent the west Denver community on the steering committee.*
*Please note that WDRC is not selecting steering committee members, but is compiling a list of potential candidates for the project team’s selection pool.
Learn more about the NPI on the City’s website by clicking the images below.
What is the Neighborhood Planning Initiative?
In 2016, The City and County of Denver introduced the Neighborhood Planning Initiative in an effort to ensure that all areas of the city are covered by a custom, applicable area plan for neighborhoods to create and unfold a vision that is community-specific.
What is NPI West?
To make the process more efficient, neighborhood groupings were established based on physical, historical, geographical, and developmental elements. The West planning area includes Barnum & Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, and West Colfax for which planning will begin in the summer of 2019.
The NPI planning process is the opportunity for your community’s needs to be heard and integrated into a guiding document to influence the physical and social landscape of the beloved west Denver. The bulk of the process includes a thorough community engagement element which will guide the direction of the plan, establish the focus areas and focus topics, and initiate transformative projects. The result is a plan with tangible steps of action to make west Denver safer, more enjoyable enjoyable, and more livable for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.
Why do we need you?
To produce the best, most thorough document that represents the needs and desires of residents and businesses in west Denver, we need maximum community involvement. If you find community work exciting, you are comfortable in a leadership position, and you are up for the exciting challenge of representing and assembling your community to create a plan that is authentic to west Denver, you may be a good fit for this role.
Involvement & commitment
With this position, you are committed to your community as a west Denver representative for the duration of the NPI planning process, which runs for approximately 18 months. You could be involved in the NPI planning process on three different levels:
The Steering Committee: the steering committee meets once a month to discuss the NPI West plan as it relates to the full planning area.
These meetings may overlap with the WDCLC meetings.
Focus Topic Groups: these groups will meet for a specific period of time to discuss certain focus areas as they pertain to the whole planning area.
Focus areas may include housing affordability, transportation and mobility, safety, business retention, food and health, culture and equity, or open space.
Neighborhood Working Groups: these groups focus on a specific neighborhood during a specific period of time during the planning process.
More information about what your commitment entails (for example, frequency of meetings and discussions) will be available within the next month.