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BLM seeks input on land use planning, environmental reviews as Trump administration revamps regulations

This Thursday, May 5, 2016 file photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Charleston, W.Va. Trump’s apparent lock on the Republican presidential nomination means advocates of large-scale transfers of federal lands to states in the West likely won’t find support in the White House regardless of who wins election this November. Advisers and the candidates’ prior statements indicate neither Trump nor Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders favor the wholesale transfers of federal lands. (AP Photo/Steve Helber,File)

The Trump administration is examining land use planning procedures and other environmental reviews, keeping in line with its stated commitment to roll back what some consider burdensome requirements. The Bureau of Land Management said on Monday it is requesting “ideas and input” on how the agency can make procedures and reviews timelier and less costly. […]

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DU, Colorado light rail stations seen as mobility hubs

A City and County of Denver multi-station plan and mobility study is focused on enhancing the University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations as mobility hubs. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
After nearly a decade, Denver Regional Transportation District’s University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations need to become more visible gateways to surrounding communities, rather than the “back doors” they now represent to their neighborhoods, according to a study of the two stations and their mobility possibilities. “It is time these stations transition from […]

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Denver sets new requirement in fray over small lot parking exemption

An example of Garden Court Architecture. (Photo via Flikr)
The impetus of a city review of an otherwise rarely-used parking exemption was the introduction of tiny house developments into already established Denver neighborhoods. About 20 people from Denver neighborhoods spoke May 1 during a public hearing on the topic. There with mixed reactions to a parking requirement.

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Driverless cars a “game changer” for Denver

A Google automated vehicle is put through a driving test. Denver City Council listened to a recent presentation that called the vehicles a "game changer" for Denver and other cities, and proposed two pilot projects be pursued for the city. (Courtesy Steve Jurvetson/Creative Commons)
It sometimes seemed like something from science fiction, as Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee viewed a presentation on driverless, or autonomous, vehicles by a venture capital investor and author of a book on the technology, with another book planned. Rutt Bridges, founder of Colorado’s Bighorn Center for Public Policy and former […]

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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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Free MetroRide could ease 16th Street Mall shuttle crowding

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Relief for the always-crowded free 16th Street Mall shuttle service in downtown Denver is a main goal of an upcoming study of another free circulator route that city and Regional Transportation District officials think could be pulling more weight. The two entities are poised to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would call for the city […]

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Small lot parking exemption talks continue

One proposed amendment to Denver’s small lot parking exemption was not viewed favorably by the city’s Community Planning and Development department, as a lengthy dispute over how the city should approach the issue continues. In August, City Council approved a seven-month moratorium on the zoning code’s small zone lot parking exemption for certain projects. The […]

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YIMBY Denver group forms to counter NIMBYs

A small, recently formed group plans to be involved in the City and County of Denver's growth-related issues as part of the Yes In My Backyard movement. (Courtesy YIMBY Denver)
A small, fledgling, informal group of Denver residents wants to “bring the voice of yes” to the city as it considers how to address growth-related issues like affordable housing, transportation and parking, according to the group’s “unofficial leader.” Part of a small but growing nationwide movement called Yes In My Backyard, YIMBY Denver formed after […]

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Denver City Council’s small lot parking code dispute leads to delay

Cars parked in front of the Denver Civic Center. With Denver's population exploding, disagreements have erupted on City Council over small lot parking restrictions. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Almost every new resident of Denver adds another automobile to the city’s already crowded roads and highways, and those cars and trucks need a place to park when their owners are home or elsewhere. The advent of “micro” housing units, also known as tiny houses, in established Denver neighborhoods led to concerns over the city’s […]

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