Council At-Large Information

Robin Kniech, Councilwoman at-large
Robin Kniech,
Council At Large

My at-large office is a bustling place.  In addition to serving constituents and representing the people of Denver by voting on ordinances in City Council Committees and Meetings, I believe good leaders need to anticipate opportunities, identify challenges and proactively work to address them.  I do so by focusing on areas that make use of my qualifications and/or are of high priority to the citizens of Denver, and by partnering closely with communities, issue experts and other stakeholders. My current initiatives fall into several themes:

  • Quality affordable housing and mixed-income communities
  • Environmental Justice and Sustainability, including access to Local Food
  • Economic Development with a focus on Manufacturing

    Information on Past Initiatives that Have Become Law
The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requires 10% affordability in new, for-sale developments of 30 or more units. (see more details in window below)

Residential Sales of Fresh Produce and Cottage Foods allows most Denver homeowners to apply for a permit to sell their own fresh produce or cottage foods from home

Council Redisticting

New Council District boundaries for purposes of the 2015 municipal election.

Council At Large Map

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Rising housing costs and inconsistent school quality are driving too many families with children from Denver, and we have more work to do to ensure our growing population of seniors are able to age in Denver and access the services they need. Councilwoman Kniech will ensure a vibrant city by supporting housing regular people can afford, partnering with local communities on school priorities, and overcoming barriers to quality of life.


Current Quality of Life Projects:
  • Transforming a blighted area in Globeville into a community asset that will be known as the Platte Farm Open Space.
  • Supporting Denver’s efforts to reduce gang and other youth violence through employment and prevention programs, including community gardening to revitalize public spaces.

Current Housing Priorities:
  • Update Denver’s 10-year old Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to better meet Denver’s housing goals and the market conditions faced by private sector partners.
  • Advance a comprehensive Housing Plan for Denver through Council adoption and support its implementation.
  • Explore the potential for Denver to establish a dedicated local source of funding for the production of new housing for families and seniors with the greatest need.
  • Maximize the outcome of any public investments Denver makes in new development to create mixed-income communities that can thrive throughout the city, particularly along transit, where families can then access jobs and opportunities wherever the bus or train can take them.
  • Include affordable housing in regional planning efforts, to improve air quality and reduce the wear and tear on regional roads that results when families have to travel farther from work to afford housing.
  • Support innovative policy and projects that make use of federal Private Activity Bonds to create mixed-income, multi-family housing in Denver.

Read more about mixed income housing:

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance – requires 10% affordability in new, for-sale developments of 30 or more units.  Revisions to Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) were passed by Council in two phases.  The first round of revisions to the IHO, passed in June of 2013, supported better-educated homeowners, and created circumstances that increase a family’s ability to avoid foreclosure and build wealth in diverse neighborhoods.  The second phase, guided by an economic study of Denver’s housing needs, was passed by City Council in August 2014, and recalibrated the developer requirements to help build more homes, and provide a more flexible range of options to do so.  

Find more detailed information about both Phase I and Phase II adopted changes below.

Please contact Laura Brudzynski for more information on the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and other housing initiatives in Denver. 

Resources: 

Phase I (Historical Documents): 


Phase II (Historical Documents):

Denver has been recognized as an early leader in environmental conservation, but in some areas we have fallen behind the best practices of other major cities, and we have more work to do to ensure a sustainable future.  Councilwoman Kniech’s priorities include:

• Reduce resource use in our own buildings, services and practices.  For example, Councilwoman Kniech serves on the Green Fleet committee, which is working to expand the number of vehicles using alternative/renewable fuels.    

• Reform city solid waste services and policies to bring Denver’s “recycling rate” (diversion of materials from the landfill) up to the national average, through residential recycling of more materials, giving all households access to and incentives to compost, and expand recycling in the multi-family apartment and commercial sectors of our city.  Unfortunately, Denver is currently only diverting about half the waste of a typical city in America.   

• Provide robust and safe alternatives to driving a gasoline-powered car, including improved public transit, ensuring all neighborhoods have sidewalks, accommodating new technologies such as car-shares, and expanded bicycling infrastructure.  Councilwoman Kniech is a leader on these issues not only in Denver, but through her role with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, which oversees comprehensive planning and transportation funding in the Denver Metro region.

• Ensure city investments in businesses or redevelopment are consistent with conservation outcomes, such as promoting density in appropriate areas, requiring green building standards, and business development assistance to grow more green technology, service and manufacturing companies in Denver. 


Resource links:
Office of Sustainability
Public works solid waste recycling
Denver Regional Council of Governments

Although the economy has impacted all sectors of the economy and all cities, Denver has lost a higher percentage of manufacturing jobs than the state, the nation, and the metro region. 

Councilwoman Kniech has taken the initiative to learn why Denver is under performing, to revamp efforts to maintain and expand existing manufacturing and light industrial businesses in our City, and to lay the groundwork for expansion and growth in this important but overlooked sector. The manufacturing and light industrial sectors (warehouse, distribution, repair, etc.) provide middle-income jobs and an important tax base for Denver.

Resources:
  • Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology
  • Greenpoint Manufacturing CenterThe Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) is a not-for-profit real estate development organization dedicated to the preservation and creation of permanent affordable manufacturing space for small and medium-sized industrial firms. GMDC purchases and redevelops industrial properties into multi-tenant manufacturing centers that provide flexible and affordable space.

Contact Councilwoman Kniech

Robin Kniech
Council At Large
Phone: (720) 337-7712

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