What is the Downtown Area Plan?
The Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Civic Ventures collaborated with the City and County of Denver to produce the 2007 Denver Downtown Area Plan. The plan reflects the community's vision for a livable, healthy, economically vibrant and exciting Downtown. By building upon Downtown’s existing natural, cultural, social and physical assets, the plan provides a foundation for strategic actions that will shape Downtown’s future development, enhance connections to surrounding neighborhoods and strengthen Downtown’s role as the heart of the region.
Based on solid research and analysis, the Downtown Area Plan provides an updated vision, goals and recommendations to replace the 1986 Downtown Area Plan. It synthesizes and coordinates the goals of previously adopted plans by incorporating them into a larger vision for Downtown.
Denver City Council adopted the plan in July 2007 as a supplement to the Denver Comprehensive Plan. Since then, both public and private agencies are using the 2007 Denver Downtown Area Plan as a benchmark for decisions that affect the form and function of Downtown, providing a sound policy basis for citywide decision-making.
In October 2008, a committee was formed to establish measurable goals, priorities and timeframes for plan items. The 2027 Committee meets regularly and develops work plans on an annual basis. This group will focus on implementation steps for the Plan over the next 20 years. Click here for a fact sheet on the Downtown Area Plan and the 2027 Committee.
The Downtown Area Plan is available below in pdf format. Due to the large file size, the Plan is divided into multiple parts. Click on each section below to get the entire plan:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Strategy Framework
Chapter 3: Plan Strategies and Projects
Chapter 4: District Strategies
Chapter 5: Moving Forward
Global Trends and Implications for Downtown Denver
Visual Preference Survey Summary
Phase I Report: Existing Conditions Assessment