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Committee tasked with vetting logistics of Denver’s ‘green roof’ mandate

Author: Adam McCoy - March 22, 2018 - Updated: March 22, 2018

Visitors admire a view of skyscrapers from the Metropolitan Museum of Art roof garden in New York. (Photo by andyparker72, istockphoto)

Denver is studying how to best implement its new voter-approved mandate on green roofs.

The city has formed a 24-member Green Roofs Review Task Force, 9news reports, which will convene for its fifth meeting on Wednesday. The panel is tasked with determining how to enact the rules of the ordinance and whether those rules needs to be adjusted.

The green roof initiative was approved by voters in November with nearly 55 percent of the vote. The ordinance mandates newly-built buildings larger than 25,000 square feet dedicate a portion (the portion will vary depending on building size) of their rooftops to vegetation or solar panels. The green roofs would help reduce Denver’s urban heat island effect. The city ranks third in the nation for urban heat island effect.

At least one city official bemoaned that the city would have to convene a committee to vet the implications and logistics of the Green Roof ordinance.

In an op-ed piece in January, Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black wrote the city would have to form a panel to do the homework the activists behind the Green Roof ordinance didn’t do before it was put before Denver voters for consideration.

Black wrote she had faith the panel would present “reasonable compromises” to City Council on the Green Roof ordinance. The Denver City Council can modify or repeal the green roof ordinance after six months but would require a two-thirds majority vote. The panel is expected to have eight meetings total and will provide its first briefing to the City Council on April 2.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.