THE REZONING PROCESS
CCEA Rezoning Assessment Process
Before developers submit a rezoning request to the city, they work on their proposal with the Cherry Creek East Association (CCEA). The process from the developers to the CCEA Board, the Denver Planning Board and the City Council is shown below. The developer's proposal is presented to the community, and CCEA members give feedback about whether or not they want to support the rezoning. If you are not a CCEA member, please register here so that you can participate!
City Rezoning Process
The Denver rezoning process, which takes, on average, six months, is a complex set of steps which can be reviewed here, and is also summarized below. After the CCEA Board completes its process, it makes a recommendation to the Denver Planning Board, which then makes a recommendation to City Council.
Protest Petition Process
After the rezoning request is filed with the City, We Agree on Three members who are homeowners within 200 feet of the properties will be able to file a protest petition. This process is described here. By filing a protest petition, City Council will need to acquire 10 votes rather than the typical 7 to pass the rezoning.
During the Protest Petition process, we have other ways to voice our opinions:
Comment Window #1 – Starts after public notice goes out and closes at 5 pm 9 days before the public hearing. Comments are included in the staff report that is distributed to the Planning Board members and posted online one week before the public hearing
Comment Window #2 – Opens at the end of Comment Window #1 and closes at 12 pm on the day before the public hearing. Comments are distributed electronically to Planning Board on a regular basis and by hard copy at the meeting.
Attend & speak at the public hearing
We Agree on Three will walk its supporters through this process to ensure we are commenting and attending at these key stages. Our legal representative will also be guiding us.
You can keep tabs on zoning in our neighborhood by going to the City of Denver website and typing in Madison and Bayaud under "Proposed Zone and Map Amendments" here.
Where We Are Now
The following timeline will be updated as milestones occur.
November, 2019 - Developers present their initial town center ideas to CCEA members. The plan calls for rezoning their respective properties from 3 stories to 5 stories. They state: "No 5 stories, no town center."
December, 2019 - We Agree on Three (WAO3) forms to support current 3-story zoning and to oppose rezoning.
January, 2020 - Developers and their architect meet with WAO3 representative. They reiterate their plan to rezone, with no compromise. This is followed by strategy meeting #1 by WAO3 and its supporters.
February, 2020 - WAO3 holds strategy meeting #2. Group increases in size and volunteers are assigned.
April, 2020 - WAO3 presents its formal position to CCEA Board to be recorded in the minutes. Pachner Consulting, the developers' consulting company, reaches out to meet with WAO3 delegates. Bill Allen, from the CCEA Board, assigned to the "town center" project.
May, 2020 - Two WAO3 steering committee members meet with the owner of Madison Exchange and her consultant.
June, 2020 - WAO3 holds strategy meeting #3. Website is launched and yard signs are placed in supporters' yards. WAO3 adds 30 new supporters through the distribution of yard signs and neighbors sharing views with neighbors. We love this community!
July, 2020 - CCEA Newsletter indicates the developers will pursue the 5-story zoning. WAO3 surpasses 160 supporters. Supporters work together to interview, support and campaign for high-quality candidates for CCEA Board election.
August, 2020 - CCEA elects six new board members who support the Cherry Creek Area Plan, and who we trust will work on behalf of the neighborhood as a whole.