Chris Nevitt, the first “Citywide Manager for Transit-Oriented Development in Denver” has made the interesting transition from two-term city council
person to the coordinator of city efforts to spur development that will bring density near transit stops. In this position since September, 2015, Nevitt jokes that he has “no power, no money, no staff—just like being a City Council member.” He coordinates an inter-departmental “action team” to address the myriad challenges associated with dense, infill development. Current high profile stations include Broadway, Alameda and 38th and Blake.
Nevitt said he is a “silo penetrator,” sitting “at the intersection of Planning, Public Works, Finance, the Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s office,” with his office in Planning.
He remains bullish about TOD potential at Central Park, noting several factors that make it market-ready: the consolidation of land ownership, the existence of a functioning metro district, and the simple fact that Forest City’s land has no physical development constraints. (Central Park Station status will be covered in the December issue of the Front Porch.)