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The function of the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission is to preserve, enhance, and perpetuate structures that have architectural, historical, geographic or cultural significance within the Lower Downtown Historic District.  

Agenda items for consideration can include the following:

Meeting Information

Time and date: Lower Downtown Design Review Commission meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m. 

Location: Meetings are held in the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Rooms will vary. See agenda for specific room location. 

Virtual access: Options for participation online via Zoom or by phone will be posted for every meeting. 

Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact at least three business days ahead of the meeting you'd like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact

Information for presenters

Design review applications, and other applications for board consideration, are due 3 weeks and 2 days (23 days) prior to the first Thursday meeting.  If the commission receives more than 2 applications for infill construction or more than 5 total applications by the filing due date, the commission will hold an overflow meeting on the second Thursday of the month. The meeting agendas are generally filled on a first-come first-served basis (some exceptions apply) as determined by city staff.

Submission and Staff Review
Once a project is submitted, Landmark Preservation staff works with the applicant to ensure that the project meets the design guidelines, the materials are complete and to write a staff report and create a presentation for LDDRC members that includes a recommendation of approval, approval with conditions, or denial for the project. 

Starting in December 2019, to make meeting length more manageable and create greater predictability for commission members and applicants, agendas will be capped at a certain number of projects. Projects will be added to the agendas on a first come first served basis. If more than 2 infill projects or more than 5 projects total are submitted in a given month, we will have a spillover meeting that month. If 4 infill projects or 10 projects total are submitted in a given month, the additional projects over those totals will be scheduled for the following month. 

Download the 2020 LDDRC Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines (PDF) to learn more about when to submit materials. Please note that when we receive a high volume of projects, specific dates are not guaranteed. 

Presentation Materials
Download the Policy for Applicant Presentations (PDF) to learn more about preparing your presentation for the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission (LDDRC).

What to Expect at LDDRC Meetings
Download the handout What to Expect at a Lower Downtown Review Commission Meeting (PDF) to become more familiar with the standard procedures. 


Commission is made up of nine members who are appointed by the mayor, serve three-year terms and receive no compensation. Members must include the following:

  • Real estate developer with experience in rehabilitation of commercial/residential projects similar in scale to buildings in the district
  • Practicing architect
  • Historic preservationist
  • Preservation architect
  • Resident of the district
  • Property owner in the district
  • Owner or operator of a business in the district
Member Representing Term Expires 
Tom Cella At Large 5/1/2021
Mike Coughlin (vice-chair) Real estate developer 5/1/2023
Jane Crisler (chair) Preservation architect 5/1/2023
Andy Duckett-Emke Historic preservationist 5/1/2023
Fred Glick At Large 5/1/2022
James Graebner Resident of the district 5/1/2022
Heather Vasquez Johnson Architect 5/1/2022
Steve Weil Owner operator of a business in a district 5/1/2022
(Vacant) Property owner in a district 5/1/2023

Contact Us

Governing Documents

Meeting Minutes

Want to serve on the commission?

If you are interested in serving on the Landmark Preservation Commission, contact the Denver Boards and Commissions office for more information and an application form.


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