Denver Regionalism

  • DRCOG Established

    DRCOG Established
    Denver has been thinking regionally for a while - Created in 1955 as an Inter-County Regional Planning Association, the Denver (Colorado) Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
  • Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)

     Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)
    Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)
    Under the provisions of ISTEA, metro areas that violate air-quality standards, as Denver has, must make sure that new highway construction doesn't worsen air quality.
    And because DRCOG controls the dispersal of federal highway funds, suburban governments have an incentive to cooperate.
  • DRCOG Attempt to Define UGB's

    DRCOG Attempt to Define UGB's
    That's why Gov. Roy Romer promotes Smart Growth and why the eight-county Denver Regional Council of Governments, representing more than 2 million people, has spent two years defining official Urban Growth Boundaries in its Metro Vision 2020 Framework.
  • DRCOG More Power

    DRCOG More Power
    But now, under the federal Clean Air Act, the regional council has the authority to disperse or withhold federal funds for transportation projects. And with that power, it has gained clout.
  • DRCOG Have Informal UGB's

    DRCOG Have Informal UGB's
    And now, Denver's eight-county urban region is attempting to adopt urban growth boundaries like those governing Portland's three-county area.
    DRCOG primarily has verbal agreements on growth boundaries
  • DRCOG Approves UGB/Metro Vision 2020

    DRCOG Approves UGB/Metro Vision 2020
    DRCOG votes Feb. 19 on urban growth boundaries and metro vision 2020.
    The plan would be voluntary, although the council of governments does have some indirect enforcement power. If cities do not go along with the plan, the council of governments can withhold federal money for transportation projects.
    Once Metro Vision 2020 is implemented, local governments that don't stick to their allotted square mileage could lose federal transportation funds distributed by DRCOG.
  • UGB's Adopted

    UGB's Adopted
    urban-growth boundaries adopted by DRCOG in 1998
  • SB 107 Fails in Legislature

    SB 107 Fails in Legislature
    SB 107. mandating the imposition of urban growth boundaries. It would have required every county with over 10,000 population and every city with 25,000 population to draw urban growth boundaries within three years.
  • Mile High Compact Signed

    Mile High Compact Signed
    DRCOG Mile High Compact
    Through the Mile High Compact, local governments use their local comprehensive and master plans as their primary growth and development decisionmaking tools.
  • Amendment 24 Fails

    Amendment 24 Fails
    The Colorado Responsible Growth Act would mandate "urban growth boundaries" around most of the state's cities and towns.
    If the measure passes, people will have to pay careful attention to their local comprehensive plans, adds Lamont, because they will become legally mandated blueprints for how development takes place.
    Anti-Amendment 24 campaign ads last fall warned that Denver housing prices could skyrocket if Colorado were to follow Oregon's lead and adopt urban service boundaries that can shr
  • County Commissioners Abandone Proposal to Alter UBG in Centennial

    County Commissioners Abandone Proposal to Alter UBG in Centennial
    county commissioners have abandoned a proposal to shift 23 square miles designated as urban growth area from Centennial to unincorporated areas to the east. The proposal was meant to expand the areas for potential development in the unincorporated parts of the county without violating
  • Perlmutter HB to limit Growth Proposed

    Perlmutter HB to limit Growth Proposed
  • East Cocalico changes UGB

    East Cocalico changes UGB
    Supervisors first changed the township's urban growth boundary to include the Four Seasons expansion site.
  • FasTracks Lightrail Approved by Voters

    FasTracks Lightrail Approved by Voters
    The most spectacular breakthrough came Election Day in Colorado, when Denver-region voters decided, 57 percent to 42 percent, to OK "FasTracks,'' a $4.7 billion initiative to build about 119 miles of light rail and commuter rail with extensions reaching out through the suburbs to such targets as Boulder and the Denver International Airport.
  • Officials Want to Change UGB

    Officials Want to Change UGB