Giving back to our community

Gathering support for the Krisana Park Conservation Overlay District

Early draft zoning diagram indicating lower bulk planes for single story low sloped roofs

Early draft zoning diagram indicating lower bulk planes for single story low sloped roofs

As residents of the mid-century enclave of Krisana Park here in Denver, we dig the love and care that our neighbors put into the homes here.  So, when the conservation overlay district was floated by neighbors on the S Edison block, we jumped in to help.  We love mid-century modern design and have committed to it personally by gutting our own Krisana Park home and rebuilding it “in-kind” with the original design intent of these Eichler inspired houses. 

A map indicating the boundries of our neighborhood seeking the COD

A map indicating the boundries of our neighborhood seeking the COD

Adding additional zoning restrictions to a neighborhood is typically a controversial issue, however, after reviewing the details on how it could be implemented via the zoning tool of a conservation overlay district, I felt the positives outweighed the majority of the negatives possible if the zoning remained the same.  Current suburban zoning allowed for huge “pop top” additions on these single story homes, and the few that have been done are not particularly in keeping with the original style.

Draft zoning code diagram showing reduced rear setbacks so owners have more flexibility

Draft zoning code diagram showing reduced rear setbacks so owners have more flexibility

Each of our five streets had their designated “block captain” and I took on S Fairfax.  The local councilman set an incredibly high bar for signatures – he asked for 90% of the neighbors to sign in support of the effort before he would take it to city council!   Technically all we needed was 51%, but he wanted to show that there was an overwhelming majority.       

It took a lot of discussions with neighbors & tracking down those who live busy lives to get the signatures completed, but we got there!

Check out the full details of the process on our community web site for the neighborhood here:   

http://www.krisanapark.community/krisana-park-zoning/

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