Denver hosts unprecedented meetings to set 20-year vision for city’s future

DENVER -- An invitation won't be coming in the mail, but consider yourself invited to help shape Denver’s future for the next two decades.

Starting Tuesday and Wednesday, the city is holding five workshops, and it wants residents, business people, transit users and visitors to Denver to take part.

It’s called Denveright. And it’s residents' chances to give opinions about the future of Denver.

The parks is one area where Denver leaders want to know what residents want.

“People are pouring into the city. You can barely move. We need to do something,” resident John Wren said.

He has lived in Denver for 67 years and never has he seen traffic so troubling.

“You can’t keep people from moving here. It’s a good place. But maybe we should stop encouraging people to move here,” he said.

That’s what he would tell city leaders given the chance.

“It’s a big deal for people who live here to get involved,” Denver Community Planning and Development spokeswoman Andrea Burns said.

And now that chance is upon us.

“It’s probably going to change what the city looks like more than any other city plan or process,” she said.

Denveright is community workshops where people who live, work, play or travel through Denver can share their vision for the city over the next 20 years.

“This is an historic opportunity to get involved in planning the future of the city. Denver has never embarked on something so comprehensive,” Burns said.

The four key areas the city is looking at are: mobility, parks, recreational resources and land use.

“Denver might come across as an overcrowded city whereas before it didn’t,” Aaron Joseph said.

He would ask about land use. He questions high-density building in neighborhoods -- even though the city is expected to add 100,000 people in the next two decades.

“A lot of decisions are based on that economics. The question is do we want that for the future of city and county of Denver?” Joseph said.

The city said this is why they want to hear from residents.

“These are the hard questions we are asking. These are the reasons why we are going to the community. What your priorities? What are your values? What are you concerned about? So we can start to prioritize and attack the questions that mean the most to you,” Burns said.

The five workshops run Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening, and then Wednesday afternoon and evening.

7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday: McNichols Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.)

3-5 p.m. Tuesday: New Hope Baptist Church (3701 Colorado Blvd.)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday: North High School (2960 Speer Blvd.)

3-5 p.m. Wednesday: Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia St.)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday: College View Elementary School (2675 S. Decatur St.)

The city will then analyze all the opinions and hold another round of workshops with more specific categories of land use, parks, mobility and recreation.

The whole process will take about 18-months.