Downtown Area Plan Amendment:
Central Platte Valley & Auraria
The 2007 Downtown Area Plan, which guides development in the downtown area, was created under the joint leadership of the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership, with the input of more than 2,000 community participants.
The "Central Platte Valley Auraria District," located between I-25, Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway, was included but not detailed in the 2007 Downtown Area Plan. Much of the land is surface parking lots serving cultural and entertainment venues, including the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, the Downtown Aquarium and the Children’s Museum.
A key recommendation of the 2007 plan was to attract more housing, mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly development to this area. City planners feel it is important to revisit the undetailed “Central Platte Valley Auraria district” section of the Downtown Area Plan in 2017 so that the people of Denver, and particularly downtown residents, may provide input into the future of this area.
On April 26, 2017, the Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Community Planning and Development convened a Steering Committee comprised of 21 community stakeholders from surrounding neighborhoods and 10 representatives of city agencies to identify opportunities and develop plan recommendations. These recommendations included: promote transit use, attract family-oriented developments, provide new amenities such as schools and daycare centers, improve bike and pedestrian infrastructure across the site and increase access to the South Platte River.