2018 National Planning Conference

Denver's Blueprint for an Inclusive City

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT

Location: R08

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188062


  • Innovative citywide policies and strategies to promote a range of affordable/attainable housing options that are tailored to different types of neighborhoods
  • How a long-range plan focused on land use can place inclusivity and equity at the forefront of a plan's policies and recommendations
  • Measurable objectives and metrics for tracking the progress of strategies for equity and inclusivity over time


Between 2010 and 2015, Denver’s population increased by almost 14 percent, adding 83,000 new residents. While the city’s strong economy and positive growth bring many benefits, there are also major challenges. Perhaps the most concerning is a surge in housing prices and an increasing number of people – including teachers, families, and the elderly – who can no longer afford to call the city home. With affordability on the forefront of the minds of Denver residents, the city is advancing major plans and initiatives to create a more equitable future. This includes Blueprint Denver, a community-driven plan with a bold vision for harnessing Denver’s growth so that it fosters equity among all neighborhoods, mitigates involuntary displacement, and results in land-use regulations that encourage innovative solutions to the housing crisis. Blueprint Denver is complemented by Housing an Inclusive Denver, to be adopted this fall. This five-year action plan prioritizes the city’s policies, programs, and investments to address Denver’s housing needs across the entire housing continuum. It recognizes the uniqueness of the city’s neighborhoods by advancing tools that are tailored to a variety of neighborhood types, including those most vulnerable to displacement. Learn how these initiatives are making housing in Denver more accessible to all.

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Session Speakers

Laura Brudzynski
Denver Office of Economic Development
Denver, CO

Jay R. Renkens, AICP
Moore Iacofano Golstman, Inc. (MIG)
Denver, CO

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