District 1 Accomplishments

Land Use

Sunnyside Overlay District (CO-7 & CO-8) (2023)

City Council Unanimously Passes Sunnyside Conservation Overlays to Promote Neighborhood Character

Denver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the Sunnyside Conservation Overlays (CO-7 and CO-8) and apply them to 3,259 homes in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Northwest Denver. This vote is the culmination of more than five years of collaboration between residents of Sunnyside and the District 1 Council Office. The overlays will create modest but meaningful change in the bulk, massing, and appearance of new development in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside, located in northwest Denver between 38th Avenue & I-70, Federal Boulevard and Inca Street, is one of Denver’s original neighborhoods. It contains a diverse set of architectural styles and has a unified character of modest, working-class homes with projecting front porches, pitched roofs, and “naturally occurring” affordable housing. Some modifications and infill have occurred over the years, but the traditional visual characteristics established at the neighborhood’s beginnings remain strongly intact. Following the adoption of the 2010 Denver Zoning Code, Sunnyside residents became concerned with the rapid rise of out-of-scale development in their neighborhood. The community came together with two objectives in mind: to encourage full or partial preservation of existing homes instead of scrapes, and to have new residential infill enhance the character of the neighborhood.

Sunnyside residents and Council District 1 studied the neighborhood’s features, evaluated potential development allowed under existing zoning, and explored regulatory modifications to better ensure conservation of character. The effort established a neighborhood working group and performed robust outreach, including mailers and flyers, to the broader neighborhood. Over the past five years, the working group has carefully vetted the overlays to avoid unintended consequences and made thoughtful modifications based on feedback from the community, Planning Board, and other subject-matter experts and stakeholders.

The resulting Sunnyside Conservation Overlays are a modest set of building standards more consistent with existing homes, including front porches, smaller massing, lower heights for flat-roofed structures, and a limitation on above ground gross floor area. In the CO-8 area where brick is a defining characteristic, the addition of brick will be required for new home construction.

“Change and growth are both unavoidable and necessary. At the same time, it is also important to respect the history and sense of place of these neighborhoods that people have loved for generations,” said Councilwoman Sandoval.

“I am so impressed by the Sunnyside community. At each step on the way, we’ve gone back to multiple levels of stakeholders to vet new information, carefully consider unintended consequences, and vote together on the path forward. I want to thank everyone who has participated in this project over the years and am thrilled to see our work come to fruition.”

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West Highland Neighborhood Accessory Dwelling Unit Rezoning (2022)

City Council Unanimously Passes Councilwoman Sandoval’s ADU Rezoning for West Highland Neighborhood

Denver City Council voted 11-0 Monday night to approve Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval’s rezoning to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the West Highland neighborhood. This is the Councilwoman’s third neighborhood-wide rezoning and extends the right to build ADUs to an additional 3,281 properties in District 1.

As with the Councilwoman’s previous three ADU rezonings, this latest effort came from community-initiated discussions. Councilwoman Sandoval had heard from several individual property owners interested in rezoning to allow ADUs on their properties. In response, her office convened a meeting to connect these constituents and describe the path forward for sponsoring a neighborhood-wide rezoning. The council office then partnered with neighbors to conduct outreach based on the Councilwoman’s model refined during past neighborhood-wide ADU rezonings. The council office provided door-to-door flyering, mailed notices to all registered property owners using City Assessor records, hosted several town halls, and gathered community sentiment via a survey available online or over the phone. At the close of the survey, there were 640 responses with 70.5% in support of rezoning. This provided clear direction for sponsoring the rezoning.

With the passage of this ADU rezoning, Councilwoman Sandoval celebrates another milestone in increasing homeowner opportunities to stabilize their incomes, age-in-place, house family members, and provide more attainable rental opportunities in District 1.

 

Regis Neighborhood Accessory Dwelling Unit Rezoning (2022)

City Council Unanimously Passes Councilwoman Sandoval’s ADU Rezoning for Regis Neighborhood

Denver City Council voted 12-0 Monday night to approve Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval’s rezoning to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the Regis neighborhood. This is the Councilwoman’s third neighborhood-wide rezoning and extends the right to build ADUs to an additional 1,025 properties in District 1.

As with the Councilwoman’s previous two ADU rezonings, this latest effort came from community-initiated discussions. By summer 2021, Councilwoman Sandoval had heard from nearly a dozen individual property owners interested in rezoning to allow ADUs on their properties. In response, her office convened a meeting to connect these constituents and describe the path forward for sponsoring a neighborhood-wide rezoning. The council office then partnered with neighbors to conduct outreach based on the Councilwoman’s model refined during her ADU rezonings in the Chaffee Park and Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods. The council office provided door-to-door flyering, mailed notices to all registered property owners using City Assessor records, hosted several town halls, and gathered community sentiment via a survey available online or over the phone. At the close of the survey on February 15th, 2022, there were 292 responses with 82.9% in support of rezoning. This represents the highest level of support for ADUs in any of Councilwoman Sandoval’s neighborhood rezonings and provided clear direction for sponsoring the rezoning.

With the passage of this ADU rezoning, Councilwoman Sandoval celebrates another milestone in increasing homeowner opportunities to stabilize their incomes, age-in-place, house family members, and provide more attainable rental opportunities in District 1.

“In the midst of a housing crisis, inflation, and the continuing impacts of COVID-19, we must double our commitments to increasing housing options for all those who currently live or aspire to live in this wonderful city,” said the Councilwoman. “ADUs are a proven strategy to add gentle density to our neighborhoods while increasing homeowners’ potential to invest in their properties and build intergenerational wealth. As Council continues to lead on rezonings, I look forward to the outcomes of the ADUs in Denver project and other regulatory efforts to reduce the barriers to these critical components of Denver’s housing stock.”

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Sloans Lake Neighborhood Accessory Dwelling Unit Rezoning (2021)

City Council Passes Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood ADU Rezoning

City Council Voted 11-0 to approve a legislative rezoning of the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Previously, only one third of the neighborhood had zoning that permitted ADUs. This is the second time an entire neighborhood in Northwest Denver has been legislatively rezoned to allow ADUs by Councilwoman Sandoval, the first occurring in the Chaffee Park neighborhood in November 2020.

Since 2015, numerous individual ADU rezoning applications have come from the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. In response to this demand, in August 2020 Councilwoman Sandoval’s office began outreach to the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood to gauge interest in a large-scale rezoning to allow ADUs. A legislative rezoning would save property owners both time and money.

In September 2020, the Councilwoman’s office sent individual mailers to each property owner, distributed two rounds of door-to-door flyering, hosted two virtual town halls, and collected feedback via a community survey. At the close of the survey on January 8th, 2021, 73% of the neighborhood supported the rezoning, 20% were opposed, and 7% were undecided. Councilwoman Sandoval also gathered expert input from agencies such as Denver Water, Xcel, the City Assessor, Denver Fire, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (including Wastewater) to evaluate any negative or unintended consequences of the large-scale rezoning

“ADUs are simply a win-win. As we figure out how to welcome future residents who want to live in this wonderful city, ADUs are a solution that creates gentle density while retaining the beloved character of our residential neighborhoods and allowing homeowners to invest in their properties,” said the Councilwoman. “I am incredibly excited to bring this rezoning forward for the Sloan’s Lake community and extend my gratitude to all those who shared their voices in this process.”  

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Harkness Heights Bungalow Conservation Overlay (CO-6) (2021)

City Council Passes Conservation Overlay to Promote Bungalow Character

Denver City Council voted 12-0 Monday night to approve the Bungalow Conservation Overlay and apply it to the Harkness Heights neighborhood in Northwest Denver. This vote is the culmination of five years of collaboration between residents of Harkness Heights and the District 1 Council Office. It is the first overlay to promote the character-defining features associated with the bungalow architectural style found in many original Denver neighborhoods.

Harkness Heights, located in northwest Denver between 41st & 44th, Lowell & Federal Blvd., is an early Denver suburb of 353 properties, most of which were built before 1930 and in the bungalow style. Following the adoption of the 2010 Denver Zoning Code, Harkness Heights residents became concerned with the rapid rise of out-of-scale development in surrounding neighborhoods. The community came together with two objectives in mind: to encourage full or partial preservation of existing homes instead of scrapes, and to have new buildings enhance the character of the neighborhood.

To build community consensus, the Harkness Heights Neighborhood Association worked with the Council Office to hold countless small meetings of dedicated community volunteers, numerous larger task force gatherings, four community-wide town halls, and ongoing individual outreach to neighbors and property owners. The resulting overlay proposes a modest set of building standards more consistent with the bungalow style, including ample front porches, smaller massing, and lower heights for flatroofed structures.

“Change and growth are both unavoidable and necessary. At the same time, it is also important to respect the history and sense of place of these neighborhoods that people have loved for generations,” said Councilwoman Sandoval.

“I am so impressed by the Harkness Heights community. At each step on the way, we’ve gone back to multiple levels of stakeholders to vet new information, carefully consider unintended consequences, and vote together on the path forward. I want to thank everyone who has participated in this project over the years and am thrilled to see our work come to fruition.”

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Tennyson Active Centers and Corridors Design Overlay District (DO-8) (2021)

City Council Passes Design Overlay Requiring Ground Floor Commercial Uses on Key Historic Corridors

Denver City Council voted 0-12 Monday night to approve the Active Centers and Corridors Overlay and apply it to key historic commercial areas in northwest Denver. This vote is the culmination of years of collaboration between residents of the Berkeley and Regis neighborhoods and the District 1 Council Office.

The 2010 Denver Zoning Code established “Main Street” (MS) and “Mixed Use” (MX) zoning along Tennyson and similar commercial corridors that sprang up along historic streetcar lines. With their pattern of small lots and pedestrian-friendly design (suitable for strolling to and from streetcar stops), these areas have supported small, local businesses that serve nearby residents and the region for over a century. The 2010 zoning reflected the community’s desire to maintain and enhance this commercial character while also making room for new residential density that would support businesses.

Unfortunately, due to development pressure and a lack of commercial requirements, long-standing main streets like Tennyson have seen numerous healthy businesses displaced by redevelopment that is 100% residential. To preserve these important mixed-use areas, especially as density increases, Berkeley Regis United Neighbors (BRUN) worked with the District 1 Council Office and the Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) to create a streamlined and feasible requirement for commercial uses. The resulting overlay proposes a set of building standards based on best practices for supporting commercial activity and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment. Most importantly, the overlay places commercial use requirements on portions of the street frontage for lots over 37.5 feet wide.

“The loss of small businesses and many wonderful, unique spaces has been devastating to my community. At the same time, there is still much to preserve on Tennyson and throughout Berkeley and Regis,” said the Councilwoman.

“And as I keep in mind planning for the next seven generations, I also am heartened to know that this design overlay can help preserve the commercial nature of other historic main streets across Denver.”

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Chaffee Park Neighborhood Accessory Dwelling Units Rezoning (2020)

City Council Unanimously Passes Rezoning to Allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Chaffee Park Neighborhood

After over a year of community outreach, Denver City Council voted 0-13 Monday night to approve a neighborhood-wide rezoning of Chaffee Park to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs). This is the first rezoning for ADUs of this scale in the City and County of Denver.

ADU’s—also known as carriage houses, granny cottages, and casitas—have long-standing roots in Denver and are an important tool for providing new housing and household financial stability while retaining the character of neighborhoods. While adopted plans and policies encourage ADUs throughout Denver, property owners who need to rezone to build an ADU must go through a one-off rezoning process than can be confusing and expensive, costing $1,000 for each owner each time. With the council office carrying this application, Chaffee Park property owners who desire to build ADUs will save valuable time and money.

In Fall 2019, the Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) approached newly-elected Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval to explore the possibility of rezoning their neighborhood to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Over the next year, the council office worked with CPNA on extensive community outreach, including: mailers sent to all affected property owners; an online opinion survey receiving nearly 400 responses; door-to-door canvassing; and two community town halls. Councilwoman Sandoval and her staff also met with multiple city agencies, ADU builders, and community ADU experts to make sure there would not be negative unintended consequences resulting from the rezoning.

“I am excited to be blazing a path forward and creating a model for breaking down barriers to ADUs in Denver. My job is to be a conduit for the people of District One, and it has been incredibly gratifying to help the people of Chaffee Park realize their vision for their community,” said Councilwoman Sandoval.

This rezoning is a ground-breaking step towards implementing Blueprint Denver goals of adding ADUs throughout the city.

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Cultural Conservation

La Raza Park Cultural Historic District Designation (2023)

City Council Approves Historic Cultural District Designation of La Raza Park

Denver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the designation of La Raza Park as a Historic Cultural District. The landmark application was led by District 1 Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval, acknowledging the community's desire to recognize the cultural significance of the park. Recently renamed to La Raza Park in 2020, it will be Denver’s third Historic Cultural District. The designation comes at the recommendation of a first-of-its-kind Latino/Chicano Historical Context Study led by the city’s Landmark Preservation division.

Within La Raza Park, located in the heart of the Sunnyside neighborhood, are distinct features such as Denver’s only Kiosko, the Plaza de la Raza, “El Viaje” or The Journey mural found within the Kiosko’s ceiling, designed and painted by Denver artist David Ocelotl Garcia, and “La Raza Unida” sculpture by the world-renowned artist Emanuel Martinez. La Raza Park has deep cultural ties in the Northside and was a vital part of the Chicano Movement in Denver. It serves as home to many community activities including Dia De Los Muertos, Xupantla (the Summer Solstice), La Raza Park Day, quinceañeras, and family picnics.

The historic designation of La Raza Park will ensure that the vast history and culture of the park will forever be preserved and acknowledged. As stated in the application, “La Raza Park has been the beating heart of generations of Denverites... The significance of the park transcends its physical characteristics and has truly come to represent the Northside and Denver’s wider Latino/Chicano communities.

“It’s been such an honor to lead the La Raza Park Historic Cultural District. Working with community, Landmark Preservation, and Parks & Recreation staff on this application has been one of the highlights of my career. Given this is only the third Cultural District designation in Denver, it clearly identifies the need to work with our BIPOC communities on more of these designations. I’d like to thank every community member who shared their story, wrote letters of support, and showed up to give public testimony, you were the foundation of this application. I’d also like to acknowledge those who came before us and fought for our Chicano rights, they have helped guide me through the park name change and this Historic Cultural designation. ¡Que Viva La Raza!” Said, Councilwoman Sandoval.

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La Raza Park Renaming (2020)

City Council Approves Name Change of Columbus Park to La Raza Park

Denver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the renaming of Columbus Park in Sunnyside to La Raza Park. The petition was led by District 1 Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval, building on decades of community calls to rename the park. The councilwoman held two socially-distanced, in-person petition signing events at the park in July which generated over 700 signatures, well in excess of the 300 signatures required to submit the petition. The name change was also supported be numerous public officials, including from State Representative Serena Gonzalez-Gutierrez and State Senator Julie Gonzales.

While given the name Columbus Park in 1931, the park at 38th and Osage has been colloquially known as La Raza park since the 1970s when it became an epicenter for the influential Chicano rights movement in Denver. The Latinx community of the Northside organized to advocate for their needs and care for the park in the face of disinvestment and oppression from the City. To this day, the park is used for key Latinx cultural events and political action in Denver. “Calls for the park name change have existed for 50 years and enjoy widespread community support. ‘La Raza’ is a positive name that acknowledges the park’s past and present importance to Latinx community,” said the Councilwoman.

This renaming is one of many recent moves to recognize Latinx contributions to our City, State, and Country.

“This renaming honors the legacy of so many who have fought for public space that welcomes them and reflects their needs. I am honored to have carried this petition forward on their behalf,” said Councilwoman Sandoval.

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Community Events

Movie in the Park (2023)

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Bring your blankets to watch Disney’s Encanto at Zuni Park with friends and family!

  • Food trucks
  • City resources
  • Special appearance of Miles, the Denver Broncos Mascot!

The fun starts at 6:00 pm and the movie will begin at dusk. For more information email district1@denvergov.org or call (720) 337-7701.

 

¡Tráigase sus cobijas para ver Encanto de Disney en Zuni Park con amigos y familiares!

  • Puestos de comida
  • Recursos de la ciudad
  • ¡Aparición especial de Miles, la mascota de los Denver Broncos!

La diversión comienza a las 6:00 pm y la película comenzará al anochecer. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a district1@denvergov.org o llame al (720) 337-7701.

 

Día de los Muertos (2023)

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Be a part of Denver’s oldest Día De Los Muertos celebration this TODAY at La Raza Park. Participate by building your own ofrenda to honor the spirits of your loved ones and join us at this annual celebration!
Sea parte de la celebración del Día de Los Muertos más antigua de Denver HOY en La Raza Park. Participa construyendo tu propia ofrenda para honrar a los espíritus de sus seres queridos. ¡Únase a la celebración y el recuerdo en esta celebración anual del Día de los Muertos!

 

Movie in the Park (2022)

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Don't forget to join us for a movie night at Zuni Park, this Saturday! Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase food from the food trucks.

 

Día de los Muertos (2022)

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Don't forget to join us at our Día De Los Muertos celebration tonight! There will be music, dancing, storytelling, sugar skull decorations, a Mariachi band and so much more!

 

Movie in the Park (2021)

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I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow night for movie night at Zuni Park, featuring Raya and the Last Dragon. The movie and popcorn are free.

When: Friday, August 20th 6:00pm
Where: Zuni Park (5100 Zuni)

 

Día de los Muertos (2021)

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Join us in celebration as we call in our antipasados for our annual Día de Los Muertos procession and fiesta!
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We will meet on November 1st at Troy Chavez Peace Garden at 4pm and begin the march to La Raza Park at 5:15pm for danza, food, and more. All are welcome.

 

Covid-19

Regis Vaccination Site (2021)

1,300 Denverites to Get Moderna Vaccine at Free Equity Clinic This Weekend

Local Chicana Leaders. Community Partners Champion Equity in Vaccine Distribution and Access

DENVER- A free drive-up vaccination clinic will happen this weekend at Regis University in Northwest Denver for 1,300 residents to the most underserved and vulnerable minority populations. The Moderna vaccine will be administered at the clinic on Saturday, Mar. 20 and Sunday. Mar. 21. The clinic will take place at Regis University off the corner of W. 50th Ave. and Lowell Blvd. in Denver, CO. The first of two vaccines required to become fully immunized will be given at the site.

This will be the third and largest clinic held to date that has been organized via a steadfast partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Governor' s COVID-19 equity taskforce, various community partners and an alliance of five Latina elected officials from North and West Denver. The clinics were planned with the purposeful effort aiming for equity in vaccinations for the elder and people or color populations.

The elected officials include Denver City Councilmember Amanda Sandoval (District 1) and Denver Council President Pro Tem Jamie Torres (District 3), Denver Public Schools Board Treasurer Angela Cobián (District 2), Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Gonzales (SD34), House Assistant Majority Leader Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (HD4).

''I am thankful for the partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Governor's COVID-19 equity taskforce for the 1300 vaccinations which will be given to our most underserved and vulnerable populations, this weekend. We've seen the data and we must work together to combat the disparities in vaccine distribution and access for our Latinx community. This COVID-19 equity vaccine clinic is a result of a culmination of the steadfast collaboration between five local elected officials, Regis University our community partner, and loads of volunteers all going above and beyond their call of duty in helping end this pandemic while purposefully targeting the minority community which has been disproportionally impacted during this pandemic." said Denver Councilmember Amanda Sandoval, who represents North Denver's District 1 on City Council.

"Folks who were able to get vaccine appointments this weekend at Regis come from our frontline industries, our elder community, folks with health risk factors, and who are needed to keep our communities working and our economy humming. I'm so proud to be able to work with this group of electeds and partners like Regis University to make a pop-up clinic of this size available to community members." said Denver Councilmember Jamie Torres, who represents West Denver's District 3 on City Council.

"Every clinic is another opportunity to vaccinate those who need it most. I am, thankful for Councilwoman Sandoval's leadership because we can target essential workers like my next-door neighbor who was able to sign up. I'm ready to join our volunteers this weekend to make this pop-up a success." said Director Angela Cobián, who serves as the treasurer for the Denver Public Schools board of directors.

''Vámonos, y'all. I am so grateful to continue working alongside strong and committed mujeres to vaccinate of our community. This work will save lives and I couldn't be prouder." said Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Gonzales, who represents District 34 (North, West, and downtown Denver) in Colorado's state Senate.

"This is our 3rd pop up vaccine equity site and I cannot be prouder to work alongside these Latina leaders that care about our community. We know this is far from over and I am committed to vaccine equity as vaccine distribution continues to roll out." said House Assistant Majority Leader Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, who represents House District 4, comprised of North and West Denver.

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