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Live In Denver? Share Your Ideas As Population Explodes

By Kelly Werthmann

DENVER (CBS4) - Every day, dozens of people are moving to Colorado. Come the year 2035, its estimated 100,000 more people will call Denver their home, according to officials with the City of Denver's Planning & Development.

"Denver is one of the most rapidly changing and vibrant cities in the country and now is the time to come together and decide what we want to be in the next 20 years," Andrea Burns, Communications Director for the Community Planning & Development with the City of Denver, told CBS4.

As city officials prepare plans for Denver's future, they want the community's input on what the Mile High City should look like.

"Do you care about parks? Do you care about open space? Do you care about transit and good mobility opportunities? These are all things we want to capture," Burns said.

On Oct. 4 and 5, the City and County of Denver is hosting five workshops where the public can share their ideas. Whether they be about population growth, traffic concerns or public transit, planners want to hear from everyone.

"So some of the things that we're hearing from people is, 'I want more transit options,' 'I want more light rail, more rapid bus transit..' And they also want better sidewalks, better connectivity and better trails," Burns said. "This is how planning works today and we want to hear from all of you."

Workshop information:

October 4:

• 7:30a-9:30a, Downtown Denver; McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
• 3:00p-5:00p, Northeast Denver; New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd.
• 6:30p-8:30p, Northwest Denver; Norht High School, 2960 Speer Blvd.

October 5:

• 3:00p-5:00p, Southeast Denver; Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia
• 6:30p-8:30p, Southwest Denver; College View Elementary, 2675 S. Decatur St.

More information and a calendar of events can be found at Denvergov.org/denveright.

Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team in 2012 as the morning reporter, covering national stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting and devastating Colorado wildfires. She now anchors CBS4 Weekend Morning News and reports during the week. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @KellyCBS4.

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