Somewhere during the millionth meeting this summer, it turned into September without missing a beat. And the beat goes on.
Zoning Code – Perhaps the mere mention of this topic will lose you at the very first letter, Zzzzzzz. But we are glad to say a lot of UP folks have taken an interest in its treatment of UP, and continue to work on getting the best possible new zoning. This means it matches the intent of UP’s Small Area Plan, which so many residents helped write from 2000-2008. And that matches the city’s all-over plan, Blueprint Denver.
Lest you spent the summer away, or napping, we again point out that the new Zoning Code renames EVERY zone, so there will be no more old familiar R-1, B-2, etc. In most cases the general uses for those zones will be pretty much the same, but the names will change to make them more descriptive of the type of neighborhood, the size of lot, allowed setbacks, height, etc. Within UP there are many new zone names to ponder and select. Our Own UP Zone Code committee has a reasonably good understanding of all this, and will bring you up to date at the UPCC Fall Meeting Oct. 7, 7p.m. at UP School. Calendar Ahead, az they say.
Meanwhile, you may go on line to www.newcodedenver.org to look at it for yourself. This is all still a Draft, and the current thinking is it will not be ready for prime-time City Council until February. Some sections that affect UP are not yet done – Park Zone, Campus Zone, Parking, etc. – so much is yet to be pondered. There will be More Meetings during which the Punkins of Halloween, the Turkeys of Thanksgiving, will likely sneak past us.
At DU’s quarterly Good Neighbors meeting last month, Campus Zone was on the agenda. This work in progress will match the DU Campus Plan which was created with participation by neighborhood residents. There are some places where zoning for DU properties within the UP neighborhood is based on the surrounding appropriate zoning – however, the description of that zoning does not allow “campus” use, so this is being worked out with the city by DU. For instance, the new Park Zone OS-A for Observatory Park doesn’t include campus – in this case Chamberlin Observatory owned by DU, and where classes are held. Star Night is Sept. 26, celebrating Astronomy Day. Info: 303-871-5172.
UP’s Parks are doing well, with some zoning designations still in flux. OS-A is generally for city parks, OS-C is for open space. (OS-B is for recreation center sites, etc.) The Prairie fences are down and it is busy becoming 14 acres of prairie. You needn’t try on your sunbonnet or get your oxen yoked and the Conestoga in gear quite yet, but the time will come. Talk about multi-modal transportation! Greenprint lives.
We hardly need to say this, but in the parks please help fill the dispensers for plastic bags for doggie-waste. We have offered to save the city a huge bundle of money (Parks/Rec has to cut 14 percent off its budget!) by doing what many of us already do – take our own bags along with our own dogs – as responsible dog-owners DO, and take extras for the dispensers. The Parks/Rec committee of INC (Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation) proposes to get this going with neighbors of every Denver park. And if you see a dog-walker without a handy bag, Do make sure he/she gets one. Ahem.
The INCP/R (Parks/Rec) committee has been discussing not only dog-bags (wag-bags) but strongly supporting the city charter which says decisions regarding the city’s park lands lie with City Councilpersons representing their constituents, and protects the city’s parks from advertising and from private commercial use (fencing off parts for only those who have paid to enter). The idea is that the parks are open, green spaces for everyone – we all pay taxes for them and need an official avenue for opinions. As Denver’s population grows, these beautiful city assets are more and more needed by more and more residents. There are many free park events for all, and many other places for ticketed or tuition events to be held. A new, well-appointed Festival Site park would be a great addition. The matters of decisions, advertising, and fee-based park use have all arisen recently. A commercial proposal to put ads in parks (on dog-bag dispensers) has been “pulled.” As P&R’s Jill McGranahan said recently, we need to protect “the open, park-like nature of our parks.”
Good News! The Fitzroy/Iliff Mansion/Accelerated Schools has a new executive director, Jane Queen, and everything there is off to a great start for Fall. We went to an Open House and met the friendly faculty and board members and a lot of our neighbors there. You may enroll for K-12 courses there at any time. UP has always taken particular interest in this historic house, and the current school literature gives a fine overview of its illustrious history, and honors it. For more information: 303-758-2003.
UP School News – also Good! Lots and Lots of children! When we went over to deliver the free dictionaries and thesauruses to the third graders (given to ALL DPS 3rd graders courtesy of INC and contributions from many of you!), Mary Myers and I found there are now Three 3rd grades. PTA and Wellness meetings are 9/10, 6-8p.m.; Student Farm Market is 9/11 & 9/25, 3:45-5p.m.; Math Night 9/22, 6-8p.m.; Fun Run will be 11/7. No school 9/7 or 9/18. The annual Walk to School Day is 10/7. For full UPSchool info, call 303-756-9407.
UP Community Council’s website is www.upcc.us, and the UPCC Pres. is Pat Cashen, email@example.com or 303-759-5969. Watch for the Sept. newsletter “UP-Words” at your door, and if you don’t get a copy, please let Pat know – UPCC wants to represent all UP residents and keep them informed of UP matters. The next UPCC Board meeting is Sept. 8.
And if you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.