Talk about “stay-cation” fun! With apologies to Mr. Longfellow, it is indeed a long summer of reading and meeting and plumbing and heated bleating, studying our Glitcheegloomi. Its 726-odd pages (some odder than others) are a wondrous accomplishment, to be sure. Folks agree it is easier to read and use than the present circuitous trails of the city’s often-amended code. For all the years of work that went into writing this draft, many are to be commended.
NowJohn/Jane Q. (for Querulous) Public has been allowed to see it and comment. Those who write drafts always cling to the dream that everyone might say it is Perfect As Is. But then, the point of a “draft” is that it is drafty and full of little holes and maybe too windy, so when the Q. Publics read it, they could start to feel a chill here and there.
UP Community Council has its own Zoning Update Review Committee (UP-ZURC) working to compare the city’s draft with the UP Small Area Plan (neighborhood plan completed last year after a 10- year process). The SAP was tailored to fit UP residents’ priorities with the tenets of Blueprint Denver, which also is the model for the new zoning code. You’d think everything matches. Still, my dears, there’s that bit of Brrr as open space, setbacks, bulk planes, parking allowances, and as the new zones for Campus and Parks are pored over.
Many UP folks attended the Dist. 6 ZC meeting July 9, and previous ZC meetings. July 9 was the first time UP and other neighborhoods in Charlie Brown’s Council District had seen the city’s maps with the actual new zone designations in place. UP attendees marked some 20 location-questions on the maps. The next Dist. 6 meeting is August 20, again at the Dist. 3 Police Station meeting room (1625 S. University Blvd.). There we’ll see revisions made per our requests – or so we hope. Sometime we might even get answers to our questions. The city wants to get the new ZC done and passed by Council by the end of ’09, but multiply UP’s concerns by those of neighborhoods all over the city.......Hmmm!!
TheUPCC Board meets Aug. 4, with a report from ZURC and other matters on the agenda. If you have items to bring forth, please contact UPCC Pres. Pat Cashen, 303-759-5969 or email@example.com. Also check the UPCC website at www.upcc.us.
Other dates to mark include Aug. 18, the INC Parks & Rec committee open meeting at the Heritage Club, 2020 S. Monroe, to discuss keeping parks open and free for all (and without advertising), water quality, dog parks, Council oversight, and ramifications of the new zone code category for Parks/Rec Zoning.
UPark School classes resume Aug. 19, but registration is Aug. 10-11 and the annual Watermelon Social is Aug. 17, from 4-6p.m. Back-to-School night is Sept. 3, 6:30-8:30p.m. Info: 303-756-9407. The garden has been a great success this summer.
University Park and South Denver, by DU historian Steve Fisher is available at the Tattered Cover (where he’ll have a book signing August 19) and at Barnes & Noble, Borders, DU Bookstore, and Walgreens.
The quarterly DU Good Neighbors meeting is Aug. 25. Hear DU info and discuss town/gown matters, especially the new category of Campus Zone, and what that means to UP residents.
Star-Gazing Night at the historic Chamberlin Observatory is Aug. 29. Or you can go Tues. or Thur. by reservation. Info: call 303-871-5172 or visit www.du.edu/physatron or www.thedas.org (the Denver Astronomical Society).
TheBuchtel Blvd./Parkway Coalition (BBC) had its quarterly meeting July 15, at which the draft ZC was studied as it adjoins Buchtel Blvd. from S. Colorado Blvd. to S. Logan. Care is needed to ensure that this Blvd. maintains its parkway ambience, with low-rise buildings that face the boulevard attractively, well-kept landscape, lighting, benches, continuous safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. It was felt that a survey of the land between the boulevard and I-25 is needed, to assess ownership and responsibility as well as the new zoning. Our thanks to Bob Dorroh of Public Works for the information that the NE corner of S. University Blvd. and Buchtel Blvd. is part of the Parks Dept. We need to corner some funding for improvements.
ThePrairie is going strong, along Buchtel Trail. Again, the grass IN the fences is original prairie – being weeded; OUTside is replanted – being mowed. One fine day they will wave together. Our endless thanks for Park Partner Bill Dorn for repairing a dog-bag dispenser that fell apart. We wish we’d had a camera as he hammered away, while a passing dog-walker offered to hang on to his dog’s leash. She asked if he always carried a hammer when he walked his dog. (Well, you might have to fix his waggin’?)
Our thanks also to the two Denver Park Rangers who appeared early at the UP 4th of July Parade and succeeded in finding the driver of a huge bus parked overnight right on the parade route. It rolled away minutes before 200+ colorfully-decorated kids, bikes, trikes, dogs, etc. began to march to the lively tunes of the great VFW Band.
If you feel like singing, we personally invite you to come Wednesdays starting Aug. 26 at 7:30 to 1201 S. Steele and join in song with the enthusiastic members of the Kirk choir. All levels of singers are welcome to join us. Music inspires -- and gets your mind off zoning.
UP is a less literate and erudite place at the loss of longtime resident Ed Twining, retired DU English professor. Our love and thoughts are with Mary Beth – a UP block captain and archivist -- and all the Twining family.
If you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.