Denveright heralded as right move for city.
Hancock said no other city has launched an initiative like Denveright.
Denveright includes updating Blueprint Denver.
An update of Blueprint Denver is part of a multi-agency planning initiative that Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock unveiled on Thursday.
Hancock said the initiative, Denveright, is unique to the Mile High City and is unlike any initiative launched by any other city.
Denveright encompasses four distinct citywide plans.
Guided by input from the community, Denveright will establish a vision for Denver for the next 20 years.
Denveright will shape Denver’s future in the areas of land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources by coordinating, for the first time, the planning processes for:
- An update of Blueprint Denver, the 2002 citywide land-use and transportation plan.
- An update of the Game Plan, the 2003 citywide parks and recreation master plan.
- Denver Moves: Transit, a new mobility plan for transit in Denver.
- Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, a new mobility plan for sidewalks, crossings and trails.
“Great cities don’t happen by accident,” Hancock said.
“Many great planning efforts, undertaken with our diverse communities, have helped us create the Denver we’re all proud to call home,” Hancock continued.
“There is so much about life in Denver that we all love and value, and Denveright is an historic opportunity for everyone in our city to have a voice on the needs and priorities that will shape Denver’s future,” the mayor added.
Takeaways from Denveright include:
Denveright will be a community-driven process from start to finish. The community will be able to share ideas online via a series of surveys at denvergov.org/denveright. Ideas also can be sure through other online methods. Residents also can take part in community workshops and public meetings. Those interested in playing a more active role in planning can apply to join the “Community Think Tank” to help guide the planning process. All are invited to join the conversation via hashtag #denveright on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Past strategies from Denver’s existing plans have included guiding transportation choices; promoting mixed-use development; creating and enhancing parks, trails and recreation centers; and catalyzing areas of change while preserving the character of stable neighborhoods.
Yet, a lot has changed in 15 years. FasTracks has added significant new transit options to the region, for example. The city’s population has grown rapidly. And environmental issues such as climate change have heightened the urgency for policy that’s even more focused on sustainability and resilience.
Bringing these four plans under one umbrella will not only maximize resources and make the planning process more efficient, but also ensure that the core areas — land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources — work holistically, according to the community’s priorities and guidance.
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