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City moves to protect Denver parks through new designations

Denver citizens listed their quality of living as high, but said the cost of living and affordable housing were issues of concern, among the findings in the 2016 National Citizen's Survey. Results were recently presented to a City Council committee. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
The city moved to designate about 65 acres of open space as new Denver parks May 2, protecting the land from being developed or sold. The new park designations include 30 acres of Northfield Pond Park and six acres at the Southwest Recreation Center and were part of the city’s tenth round of designations over […]

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Economic development plan targets affordable housing, grocery stores

The Denver Office of Economic Development recently released its sixth annual JumpStart economic strategic plan that outlines efforts to continue steady growth and identify needs. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
With an economy considered one of the strongest in America, the City and County of Denver wants to build on its success and identify future business trends and workforce needs, help address the affordable housing issue and locate up to three grocery stores in underserved communities.

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Inner workings of Denver Sheriff’s Department unveiled in report

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Denver jail’s average daily population grew by about 10 percent last year, largely due to the city’s growing population and a rise in felony arrests, according to the Denver Sheriff’s Department ’s annual report. The report, a snapshot of the department in 2016, showed last year’s average daily inmate population was 2,221, compared to 2,017 […]

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Immigrant groups, Denver drafting new ‘sanctuary city’ policy

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Local immigrant advocates have been working alongside Denver officials drafting a new undocumented immigrant policy which in part would outline how local law enforcement interact with federal immigration agents. The proposed policy includes stipulations against local law enforcement holding immigrants past their release date for Immigrant and Customs Enforcement authorities and communication between local authorities […]

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House passes bipartisan construction litigation reform bill unanimously

House Bill 1279 sponsors House Minority Whip Lori Saine, R-Dacono, Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, and Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, stand in front of a unanimous vote tally in favor of the legislation on Monday, April 24, 2017, in House chambers. (Photo courtesy Cole Wist via Twitter)

Bipartisan legislation to make it more difficult for homeowners associations to sue condominium developers for construction defects passed unanimously out of the Colorado House on Monday and is headed to the Senate. The bill marks a breakthrough backers hope will thaw Colorado’s frozen condo construction market and help address a housing shortage across the state.

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Denveright process working toward 20-year vision plan

This screen shot from the Denveright web page show the four coordinated plans designed to help shape the future of Denver’s land use, mobility and parks and recreational resources. (Courtesy City & County of Denver)
A first-time, multi-department planning process in the City and County of Denver — known as Denveright — is working well, members of Denver City Council were recently told. The effort was announced nearly one year ago by Mayor Michael Hancock and is designed to show a vision for Denver over the next two decades. Four […]

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Lawmakers, stakeholders say persistence, high stakes led to breakthrough on construction defects bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper speak at a press conference announcing compromise legislation to require informed consent before condominium owner associations can move ahead on complaints over flawed construction on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Homeownership Opportunity Alliance co-chair Mike Kopp House, Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Community Associations Institute spokeswoman Suzanne Leff stand alongside the governor. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Officials say they’re hopeful a breakthrough compromise reached on construction defects legislation as Tuesday night turned to Wednesday will thaw Colorado’s frozen condominium market and help resolve the state’s housing crisis. Calling the agreement a “psychic win,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference that he expects builders to respond favorably, and […]

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