Amanda P. Sandoval

Councilwoman, District 1


Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval is a proud lifelong resident of Northwest Denver. In 1975 her parents opened a well-known area restaurant, La Casa de Tamales, now called La Casita and located in the Highlands neighborhood. Her dedication to Northwest Denver is rooted in the relationships she forged from serving others in the family restaurant, which remains a community gathering place. Through serving as aide to several former Denver Councilmembers, Sandoval developed the skills crucial to successful leadership, including challenging the status quo and forging diverse partnerships to affect real change. As Councilwoman for District 1, she has been a leader in her passions of land use, development and zoning. Her genuine compassion has been integral to addressing issues both large and small and creating a community where both current and future generations will thrive.

Amanda and her husband, Michael, have two children, Isabella “Bella” & Alexander “Alex”; a Goldendoodle named Winston, and a Jack Russell mutt named, Jack. Bella currently attends the Community College of Denver, while Alex is a student at North High School. The Sandoval-Encinas family resides in Northwest Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood.

District 1 Neighborhoods include: 
Berkeley, Chaffee Park, Highland, Jefferson Park, Regis, Sloan's Lake, Sunnyside, West Highland and West Colfax

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The Near Northwest Planning Area is made up of the neighborhoods of Chaffee Park, Sunnyside, Highland, and Jefferson Park. It includes a variety of housing types, commercial corridors, local shopping destinations, and industrial areas in the northeastern portion of the planning area.

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Councilwoman Sandoval is exploring a rezoning to allow Accessory Dwelling Units on all single-unit zoned properties in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Please visit ADUs in Sloan's Lake? to learn more and share your opinion in a survey.


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Over the past several years, a lot of new development has occurred in Sunnyside, especially in areas zoned to allow duplexes. Many of these new buildings are out of character with the existing context of Sunnyside. Existing homes tend to be modestly sized and 1-2 stories with pitched roofs and prominent front porches. Many new buildings are significantly larger, taller, have flat roofs and lack porches.

In response, community members from Sunnyside United Neighbors Inc. (SUNI) have worked with Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval and her office to develop a proposal for a conservation overlay. This overlay would add extra design standards on new development to help it fit in better with the neighborhood and follow a more human, pedestrian-friendly scale. We are now reaching out to the community to get your input.

To learn more and take the survey, visit The Sunnyside Conservation Overlay Page