2021 Annual Neighborhood Meeting

June 15, 6-8:30pm

Location:
Regis University
at 50th and Lowell Blvd. 

Meeting Agenda:

  • City agencies discuss parking & transportation issues.
  • State agencies discuss local improvements to I-70.
  • Park officials discuss plans for neighborhood parks.
  • Speak with representatives from Denver City Council.
  • Learn about important topics on life in our neighborhoods.
  • BRUN board of directors election for 7 of 15 positions.

This will be an in-person, outdoor event open to the entire community. 
Rain or shine. Please bring a chair or blanket. Leashed pets welcome.
No alcohol. Doors open at 6pm for member registration. Rain or Shine.

Berkeley Regis United Neighbors is a 100% volunteer run organization where your participation is always appreciated. Please email brunRNO@gmail.com to become an active member.

Tennyson Curbside Action Plan (CAP) Update

Please see the story posted below for background information. Updates are as follows:

  • The Area Permit boundary has been extended to include Tennyson between 44th and 46th. The previous draft included time limits for portions of these blocks, but they were not included in the Area Permit boundary. However, it will be more intuitive for users if these blocks are included and make it easier for staff to manage internally.
  • The work orders for CAP implementation will be finalized next week, and sign fabrication will begin shortly after.
  • The second notification letter will be mailed next week.
  • As of now, implementation is scheduled to begin the week of June 28th and will take approximately three weeks to complete.

BRUN Endorsement of Colorado Youth Sustainability Board Climate Resolution to DPS

BRUN is joining the Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) in declaring our support for Denver Public Schools to mitigate the increasing effects of climate change, allowing our schools and neighborhoods to flourish and creating a healthy city and planet for all future generations. To read INC’s full endorsement, click here.

Neighborhood Clean Up Event Coming Saturday, June 5th

Berkeley Regis United Neighbors (BRUN) is joining Highland United Neighbors, Inc. (HUNI), Sunnyside United Neighbors, Inc. (SUNI) & the Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA) in hosting a “Spring Progressive” NW Denver Neighborhood Clean Up on Saturday, June 5. 

BRUN area clean up details:

Gathering Location:
Berkeley Lake Park at 4601 W 46th Ave. parking lot at the east side of the park along Tennyson Street.
8:30 am – Local event orientation and RNO introduction
9:00 am – Neighborhood Clean up starts
The targeted locations for cleanup are along the W 48th Ave & W 48th Ave S frontage roads from Tennyson Blvd. to Federal Blvd that flank I-70. We will have approval to work only in the areas from the street curb to the wooden sound barrier of the highway. Clean up may continue in Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park. Please drop off trash in the designated location.
10:00 am – Trash drop off and Clean up After Party
4272 Lowell Blvd – Food, Music, Local Businesses, Friends & Neighbors
For more information, see the flier below.

Rules of participation:

  • To save time during registration, please bring the signed liability waiver(s) on the day of the event. 
  • Parking will be available in the parking lot, or  along the roadway. “No Parking” where signs are posted.
  • Projects will consist of debris removal.
  • Please dispose filled trash bags in the dumpsters or trash receptacles in the park.
  • Do Not pickup needles. 
  • Do Not touch encampments or their belongings.

Safety guidelines for your protection:

  • Please stay home if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.  We also recommend that those who are immunocompromised or otherwise at a higher health risk stay home.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6’ from other workers when possible.
  • Wear a cloth mask at all times.  Working with a mask on may contribute to heat-related illness, so take extra breaks and drink lots of water.
  • Practice good hygiene.  Don’t touch your face.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid sharing tools if possible.  If you must share tools, wear gloves.
  • Clean and sanitize tools.
  • Bring your own gloves
  • Bring your own water jug/plenty of water/cups.
  • Bring your signed liability waiver
  • Work in groups of 10
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for weather
  • Sturdy footwear (no open toe shoes)
  • Hat is recommended
  • These guidelines may be subject to change depending upon future updates to the City/County or State Public Health Orders
  • ALL CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED
  • DO NOT BRING PETS

Temporary Safe Outdoor Space at Regis University

Regis University will be launching a temporary Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the homeless on June 1st.  It is expected to run through December 31, 2021, with monthly options for renewal.  The Regis SOS will be located in a 19,000 sq. ft. portion of the Lot 6 parking lot, west of the McDonalds that is located at 51st Ave & Federal Blvd.

The SOS will be staffed and managed 24/7 and will include 56 individualized shelters with capacity to serve 60 people, including singles, couples, pets, people with disabilities and more. The SOS will be resource- and service-rich, including bathrooms, trash, laundry, showers, meals, daily wellness screenings, COVID testing/vaccine access, mental health services, physical health services, employment navigation, benefit navigation, and housing navigation services.

There are several opportunities for the neighborhood to engage and learn more about the SOS. For more information, visit https://www.coloradovillagecollaborative.org/safe-outdoor-space-regis.

Active Centers & Corridors Design Overlay

Members may have seen signs for this proposal posted around the neighborhood. This proposed text amendment would create the Active Centers and Corridors Design Overlay (DO-8) zone district to ensure ground floor non-residential uses with other mandatory design criteria intended to support vibrant, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use areas along Tennyson, Lowell & 44th Ave.

BRUN has emailed a Letter of Support for this proposal to the planning board (see below), which is scheduled to hold a hearing on this issue on February 3rd.  Neighbors also have until noon on February 2nd to submit written comments to planning board.

Virtual Hearing: Marijuana Transfer of Location Application

Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses has notified BRUN of a marijuana dispensary that is moving to a new location within the BRUN boundaries. It is proposed to be located at the rear of the building on the NW corner of 49th & Lowell.

Applicant: Yuma Way, LLC

Business Address:  3609 W. 49th Ave

Business File Number: 2020-AMEND-0002690

Marijuana License Type: Marijuana Medical Center

Hearing Date: January 29th at 1 PM

The hearing information can be found in the Applicant Letter below. If you have questions about the application, please contact Bruce.Turner@denvergov.org. If you have questions about the Hearing Policies and Procedures, please contact Erica Rogers at Erica.Rogers@denvergov.org.

Update on Denver’s Group Living Rule Changes

As we’ve previously reported, Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) has proposed Text Amendment No 7, which would drastically change the current rules for group living in the City and County of Denver. If you are NOT aware of the changes being proposed by Denver’s CPD, please click here for more information.

Although recognizing the need for city-wide affordable housing, BRUN is concerned with several passages in the proposal that may have negative impacts on our community. On August 9, 2020, the BRUN Board of Directors voted to take an opposition stance to the GL proposal as it was being presented to Denver’s Planning Board before it was approved to move forward without substantial revision.  

BRUN recently completed a member survey on this topic and will be issuing a follow up statement of opinion prior to City Council’s final deliberations on this topic, which are scheduled to take place on February 8th. A summary of the member survey results are posted below for your reference.

Bike Theft and Safety

These days, more and more Denverites are choosing to get around by bike. With the 27 miles of expanded bikeways that the Northwest Community Transportation Network is bringing to our neighborhoods, residents will have even more opportunities to enjoy riding.  With that, we wanted to offer some helpful hints to stay safe, protect your bike, and have fun.

Most people recognize that helmets are a must, but here are a few more items that can make your travel by bike safer:

  • Bells – Give your neighbors time to react calmly to your passing by ringing your bell from a distance and then again, as you get closer.
  • Lights – They’re the law, but they also keep you visible.  Some riders even use them during the day! Take care to point your light slightly downward to avoid blinding your neighbors driving while remaining seen.
  • General Visibility – Use outdoor gear with reflective accents.  To see what you should wear on your bike, check your closet with a flashlight.

If you are leaving your bike, be sure to lock it up.  Bike theft in Denver is up 23%, so here are a few tips to ensure your bike remains yours.

  • The cable locks that are often easiest to use are unfortunately also the easiest for thieves to defeat.  Consider a u-lock or bike-specific chain if you are leaving your bike for more than a quick cup of coffee.
  • When locking up, try to find someplace away from car and foot traffic, and be sure to get your lock through the frame and wheels, if possible.  Stolen wheels and other accessories are common, so there are a number of security products available if you don’t want to carry your seat with you.
  • If you ride to school or work and can’t bring your bike inside, try switching your parking spot periodically.  Leaving your bike in the same place day after day can make it a more appealing target.
  • Lock your bike in your garage or bring it in the house.  More and more bikes are being stolen from garages these days.
  • Register your bike with the police.  Although it won’t stop your bike from being stolen, it does make it easier for police to return it to you, if found.  Extra credit:  Put a note inside the frame under the seat post with that registration number.
  • Photograph your bike and make sure your insurance company knows how much it’s worth. Make sure they apply its replacement value to calculate what they will pay should it get stolen.

Let’s Bike Safely, North Denver!

Tennyson Curbside Action Plan

A Curbside Access Plan (CAP) is a comprehensive parking plan that addresses parking concerns voiced by area residents, businesses, and property owners. CAPs are designed to address an area’s changing conditions (e.g., density, redevelopment, etc.) and acknowledge the needs of all user groups. The process utilizes a stakeholder committee to identify specific parking challenges, explore alternatives, and develop parking recommendations.

The Tennyson CAP Committee is focused on potential changes between 38th and 46th Avenues, from Raleigh to Vrain, and consists of BRUN, Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA), and Local Maintenance District representatives, as well as other interested parties.

As of now, the Tennyson CAP concept proposes to expand time-limited/permitted parking block faces. More specifically, the concept proposes that 2-hour time limits/permitted parking be introduced along 13 block faces, primarily along portions of Utica, Stuart, and Tennyson.  Based on the CAP committee’s knowledge and perspectives, we are also proposing to extend the time limits to 8:00 PM and introduce 3-hour parking limits on the avenues, where residential frontage is relatively minor, to better accommodate Tennyson Street patrons who want to stay for longer than two hours. An Area Permit is also being proposed, which would allow permitted residents the ability to park on any of the time limited block faces (except for Tennyson) within the study area.

Because COVID-19 has altered parking demand and patterns, more parking occupancy data needs to be collected and more outreach needs to be conducted in order to help us refine the concept and ensure we are not missing any areas. For example, the city is continuing to collect parking occupancy data on specific portions of Raleigh and Vrain to determine if additional time limits/permits may be appropriate. 

The DRAFT PLAN is now available for public review (see link below) and letters will soon be mailed to all addresses within the study area to solicit input. If you have additional questions or comments, please email scott.burton@denvergov.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are CAPs necessary?
    • The City is changing rapidly, creating even more demand for the curb lane
    • In some areas, on-street parking restrictions may be inconsistent, outdated, and not reflect current levels of activity or new, increasing densities
    • Parking challenges should be proactively addressed on a neighborhood scale
    • Strategies developed should address an area’s unique needs
  • How are CAP areas selected?
    • Stakeholder interest
    • Development/redevelopment activity 
    • Increased densities 
    • Areas with parking inconsistencies
    • Zoning changes
    • Annual sign sweep program 
    • City Council input 
    • Opportunities to partner with other city planning efforts
    • Frequency of resident and business inquires and concerns 
  • What are the expected outcomes?
    • Restrictions that address current activity levels
    • Curbside strategies that correspond with changing land uses and increasing densities
    • Comprehensive parking management through consistent strategies
    • Predictable experiences and restriction patterns for all user groups
    • Recommendations that maximize curb lane access and assets 
    • Recommendations and integrate multi-modal options