CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO APPROVE THE GROUP LIVING AMENDMENT: We want to THANK the many of you in Cherry Creek North who helped CCNNA educate our residents and provide a forum for your voices to be heard by Councilman Hinds and the rest of Denver City Council. You can read the response letter CCNNA wrote to Councilman Hinds below.
City Council voted to pass this amendment, with only Councilwoman Sawyer and Councilman Flynn voting against it. CCNNA respects that Councilman Hinds had the right to vote as he deemed appropriate. However, CCNNA wrote the following response to Councilman Hinds requesting that he respect the many (over 450) voices of the residents of Cherry Creek North, the majority of which opposed the amendment in part. We request the Group Living Amendment be implemented taking into account the concerns raised by our neighbors.
CCNNA Response to Councilman Hinds is described in the following letter:
Dear Councilman Hinds:
I am writing in response to your comments at City Council on the GLAC, which were repeated in your e-letter, the Perfect 10. We understand your vote and stated reasons therefor. However, we at the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association (“CCNNA”) feel it necessary to comment on your statements about the District 10 survey.
In your comments you stated and wrote: “Some said they didn’t want to complete the survey because of the questions I asked. They said the questions were biased. They said the questions were invasive. So, these groups decided against participating in my survey and created their own survey. That is, of course, their prerogative to go separately from the District-wide survey. But here’s the deal, I was trying to cut through the misinformation and preconceptions and make sure people were thinking about the policy, not just reciting talking points.
I also wanted to see if this amendment could actually be that affordability tool that CPD strives for. That means I asked about financial stability. "It meant asking about social networks. If they were stable, and their social network was stable, well then, this amendment isn’t for you. If you are severely cost burdened, or if your social network was housing insecure, then the amendment is meant for you.”
The D10 survey questions drilled down on who had large houses, more garage spaces than cars and other questions which were apparently posed to determine which parts of District 10 were housing secure and which were not. And the conclusion was that the GLAC is not meant for those who are housing secure. Yet many residents feel that this major zoning amendment will impact their lives, whether or not the amendment was “meant for them”.
Many RNO leaders and members took a tremendous amount of time to (i) read, decipher and understand the amendment and how it would impact our neighborhood (not just reciting talking points); (ii) communicate that information to residents, (iii) obtained feedback from residents on the GLAC in a straight-forward way and (iv) communicate that feedback to you. Over 450 people in CCNNA participated in the CCNNA effort and we provided those opinions to you and the other members of City Council. The official position of CCNNA (with which the majority of CCNNA residents who responded to our outreach) DID support the Household Definition of 5 unrelated adults, but had issues with the remaining portions of the legislation and requested that the legislation be broke out into different efforts so that Congregate Living and Residential Care could be discussed with additional provisions which could better protect neighborhoods.
The intent of the City’s RNO ordinance is expressly to allow the flow of information to neighborhoods and then to “enable such organizations to present their positions before certain decisions affecting their neighborhoods are made by agencies and departments of the city.” CCNNA, as the official RNO for the CCN neighborhood, presented its position with a lot of detailed information, including the responses from more than 450 residents. The education and outreach efforts of CCNNA was in line with the RNO Ordinance cited above. To be overlooked for this approach, as opposed to those who took the D10 survey, was not respectful of those many efforts and opinions delivered to you by CCNNA.
Councilman Hinds, you have said that we are ALL in this together. As such, we must ALL work together to support, fight for and fund efforts to find solutions to address homelessness issues, affordability, equity and justice in housing and related legislation. Dividing along ‘secure’ living lines will not help to unite residents in finding real solutions to the difficult issues Denver faces as it continues to address the challenges growth brings to our community.
We respectfully ask for your help in allowing ALL citizens of District 10 to be able to have a voice in important legislation affecting our community, including as the City moves forward to implement the Group Living amendment.
The CCNNA Board of Directors
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The Wild Animal Sanctuary Lecture on March 2nd at 7:00 PM
Dear CCNNA Residents:
Be a great neighbor! Everyone enjoys safe, clear sidewalks – and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their home or business clear and accessible. Shovel all sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and bus stops around your home as soon as it's practical and safe. Businesses have 4 hours after the snow stops to shovel, and residents have 24 hours. (RTD only shovels bus stops that have a shelter. If it’s just a sign with no shelter, the resident/business is responsible for this sidewalk.)
Show kindness and offer to help your neighbors if they aren't able to shovel! Neighbors helping neighbors is one of the things that makes Denver great. You can volunteer to be an official “snow angel” at denvergov.org/snowangels or just do a #NeighborCheck. There are all sorts of reasons why people may need assistance, or they may just not know what the city’s rules are for keeping sidewalks clear. A simple conversation with a neighbor or just lending that helping hand will almost always resolve a snowy sidewalk faster than the city can, and it will preserve city resources for the rest of Denver’s 3,000 miles of sidewalks.
Use the shovel to push the snow; don't lift it.
Shovel early! When snow isn't shoveled, it gets packed down and becomes ice. Shoveling all the way to the pavement will also prevent ice from forming.
Shovel into your yard, so the snow plow doesn't push it back onto your sidewalk.
Shovel away from roadways and bike lanes, so plows don't push the snow back onto your sidewalks.
Salt can be damaging when it runs off into your lawn or the storm sewer with the snowmelt. Look for ecofriendly and pet-safe deicers.
Be proactive and come up with a plan for addressing sidewalks now, before it’s snowing.
Did you know? You can get flat $5 garage parking in CCN after 5:00pm and on the weekends at eight Cherry Creek North Garages. Read more.
Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association (CCNNA) is a strong supporter of the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Below is a link to access information about Denver International Airport:
As part of our effort to ensure all stakeholders are informed about the airport, our team encourages you to sign up for updates on the Great Hall project and other DEN initiatives. To sign up to receive Great Hall updates, please follow this link. At the bottom of the page you will see a box labeled “Contact the Project Team”; there you will see the field to enter your email address. Once you enter your email, the next page will provide an option for you to subscribe to five different DEN update subscriptions: News Releases, Today@DEN, Commerce Hub, DEN Real Estate, and/or Great Hall Project. While we don’t assume these subscription updates will fully satisfy our commitment to engaging with and informing the community, they are a great place to start.
Check out Denver's Community Planning and Development Site for the Cherry Creek Neighborhood! Click Here
The Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association (CCNNA) stands united with Capitol Hill United Neighbors and support the statement above.
The Denver City Council passed 2 Resolutions on Monday night, which resulted in two proclamations. An Anti-Hate Statement, and Recognizing Racism as a Public Health Issue, both of which can be viewed by clicking here for Proclamation No. 20-0543, andProclamation No. 20-0519 by clicking here to access these documents.
BOOK CLUBS TURNED MORE PAGES IN 2020!
We’ve compiled a list of the most favored books read by our neighbors during the pandemic: over 30 titles!
Here are just a few: American Dirt, Where the Crawdads Sing, The Splendid and the Vile, and The Giver of Stars.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Faithful Place by Tana French
Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guest List by Lucy Foey
How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Caroline de Maigret
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro
Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny
Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Boltz-Weber
The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.
Tell Me More by Kim Corrigan
There There by Tommy Orange
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Educated by Tara Westover
Cooking for Pi8casso by Camille Aubray
The Dutch House.
Bridgerton - Netflix
Fisherman's Friends - for music lovers that love beautiful scenery is a compelling series - Netflix
Money Heist - Netflix
Queens Gambit - Netflix
Schitt's Creek – fun comedy - Amazon Prime and Netflix
The Undoing - HBO Max and Amazon Prime
Unorthodox - Netflix
1917 – Showtime, Amazon Prime
3:10 to Yuma - Peacock
The Biggest Little Farm - Hulu
Da 5 Bloods - Netflix
Emma – old and new versions - Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO
A fish called Wanda – HBO Max
Get Out - Hulu and Sling Premium or rental
Hillbilly Elegy - Netflix
Jane Fonda in Five Acts - HBO Max and Am Prime
Jojo Rabbit – HBO Max
The Life Ahead - Sophia Lauren - Netflix
The One and Only Ivan – Disney Plus
Quartet – Netflix
Robin’s Wish - 3.99 various streaming
Social Dilemma - Netflix
Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
Two Popes – Netflix, also Young Pope – Amazon Prime and HBO Max, New Pope – HBO Max
Chariots of Fire - Netflix and various streaming
Lincoln Lawyer - New on Netflix and various streaming Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey - Netflix
Money Heist - Spanish series on Netflix - Both dubbing and subtitles available
Hitchcock movies, Bogart movies, James Bond movies, Katherine Hepburn movies, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment
CCNNA - Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association PO Box 6010 Denver, CO 80206