• Emily Holben Walker

U-Hills Community Meeting


November 9, 2021


In attendance: Emily, Jon, Lisa, Dave M., Christie, David A., Elaine, Sue, Karen Elias, Hugh Haiker, Mary Lea, Stacy Schafer, Teresa Kutt

  • Welcome and Ground Rules (5)

  • Respect others opinions

  • Be respectful

  • Listen openly and actively


  • ADUs (3200 S Holly St, survey draft, communication and engagement plan, hear from neighbors (especially close-by neighbors) (20)

  • Hugh - The realization of the project represents 2 different things

  • ADU’s give people with capitol to add more capitol

  • Homeowner wants to make a major change including zoning changes

  • Is this a slippery slope? Will it impact the whole neighborhood?

  • Going to break the ice and allow City to allow more ADU’s in UHILLS

  • Stacy’s quality of life NOT be altered by the changes proposed?

  • City planners should not be making these decisions

  • It should have been presented to residents in the city for a vote

  • How closely are ADU’s monitored?

  • Don’t want them to become Air B&B’s

  • Very difficult to know if resident’s voices will be heard when the time comes

  • Do we show up to the planning meeting?

  • If UHNA has any resources available to assist, it would be appreciated

  • Kendra Black has been dismissive and rude (through word of mouth)

  • Brandon Shaver has been accessible and informative

  • Stacy - Understands that ADU’s are happening

  • 3200 S. Holly is asking for exceptions

  • Will be impacted severely, has been in the home 3 years

  • Has emailed the board information with size of ADU request

  • Andy at the City has laid out lots of information

  • Proposal is a story and a half

  • Worry about Stacy’s situation

  • Property Values

  • Zoning Laws shouldn’t be thrown out in the trash

  • Are all of the “players” that make up the community at the table?

  • All of the density is impacting everything from grocery accessibility to traffic…

  • Elaine - Right next door to 3200 S. Holly

  • Important to understand Blueprint Denver before making decisions or assumptions around ADU’s

  • If we don’t educate ourselves, we are putting ourselves at a disadvantage

  • Her husband has written a letter to Brandon Shaver and cc’ed UHNA, outlining Blueprint Denver & Denver Comprehensive Plan 2040, Zoning Regulations and small lot area, planning goals

  • U Hills is a low residential area, within a suburban residential context (from Blueprint Denver)

  • Karen Elias - 2 specific issues going on

  • Lot size

  • Impact on Stacy

  • 2 story, not 1 ½ stories

  • Code Changes

  • Teresa - She is across the street from said property. They have put other structures on the property in the past

  • Emily - UHNA as the RNO does not make any decisions. Once the RNO is aware of how the community feels, then we will take a stance.

  • Wait to send out the survey that Hugh created until we need to know as a greater community how everyone feels about ADU’s

  • The immediate awareness must be made specific to this property


  • Safe Parking Update (5)

  • Dave A. and his neighbor Bonnie have voluntarily agreed to meet w/church & Steve C. (mediator)

  • General tone of the update is the program is working well

  • An extension may be requested


  • YMCA Redevelopment (5)

  • 300+ people attended the meeting on October 26

  • Lisa’s Minutes from that meeting w/be posted on the UHNA website

  • Current zoning states they can go 150 ft. tall

  • There will be future community meetings

  • Would be at least 2 years out before breaking ground


  • Colorado Self Storage Zone Change (5)

  • The old Cameron Hotel on Evans/I-25

  • Various Councilmembers are working on rezoning areas around public transportation

  • That area needs to be more friendly for walkers, bikers, etc.

  • DU/CO Station/Bellview/Hampden more accessible with store fronts, restaurants, w/housing, small businesses, etc.

  • Kendra Black has requested UHNA send a letter in support of the Council members

  • That would not allow the Storage Unit building to be built

  • The majority of the attendees agreed that a walking accessible venue would be preferable over a storage unit business.


  • Neighborhood Events

  • Halloween success - Fun night, over 50+ houses participated

  • Turkey Trot - 5K on the Highline Canal @ Eisenhower

  • Suggested donation towards helping a family @ Bradley International School

  • Santa at Wellshire - If anyone is interested in helping, please reach out to Christie

  • Saturday, November 27th, 3:30 - 6:30 PM @ The Wellshire Event Center

  • Summer Food Truck Pop-us) (5)

  • Beginning Friday @ June 3, 2022 from 4-8 PM every other Friday through late August

  • Lisa and Laura are spearheading this


  • Neighborhood Safety (5)

  • Christie presented a current BOLO

  • Use of the Club (steering wheel lock) is highly recommended

  • Take the red handle off the rope of the garage door. Burglars are using a coat hanger to get access to garages and then to the house

  • CAB Meeting @ DPD 3, December 7 @ 6pm

  • Porch lights on are important

  • Be aware of financial scams


  • UHNA Upcoming Board Elections and Bylaws (5)

  • If anyone is interested in being on the board please reach out!

  • Hugh may be interested in a position on the board

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Former College Professor

  • If you are interested in spearheading a committee or just helping out some time, please also reach out

  • For new members interested in running for a board position, there will be a meet and greet event after Thanksgiving and profile questions (to be posted for the public to see)


  • Open Forum (5)

  • Jon and others will Linseed Oil the sculpture on the canal. November 20th @ 10 AM


  • Adjourned @ 7:58 PM