Development Vision and DEN Districts
DEN’s landscape context inspires the Strategic Development Plan. Long-range views of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, the wind-formed sand hills of the high plains and the airport’s iconic terminal set the dramatic stage for arrival and departure. Creek corridors provide subtle definition to the rolling open prairie. Along the boundary between DEN and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, land management strategies will allow the refuge’s bison herd to graze proudly within view of Peña Boulevard.
Within this landscape context, the plan creates distinct districts, each with a unique character and relationship to its surroundings. The districts are based on a framework of streets and public spaces designed to balance flexible growth and evolving technologies with the creation of attractive, human-scaled places. DEN’s development districts will become destinations
DEN’s development districts are situated on existing or planned regional infrastructure and create synergies with geographic amenities and airport features that will benefit development. While DEN continuously reviews all commercially developable property for market potential, priority is placed on development that will catalyze the regional economy, support transit-oriented sites, leverage infrastructure investments and maximize placemaking opportunities.