Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addresses the media during a Nov. 15, 2018, news conference in Denver.

Passage of a new comprehensive plan that sets goals for the city over the next 20 years should not be delayed until after the May 7 municipal election, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Tuesday.

Hancock’s remarks came after he unveiled Denveright, a plan three years in the making and the city’s first attempt at a long-range master plan since 2002.

“This started with this administration and this City Council," Hancock told reporters during a news conference in his City Hall office. "It should finish  at least to the point of passage, with this City Council."

“We don’t pass the baton like that. We don’t pass the buck,” he added.

Hancock is running for a third term as mayor. All 13 City Council seats are also up for election.

Some of Hancock’s mayoral opponents — as well as the Denver Inter-neighborhood Cooperation, which represents various neighborhood groups — have asked the city to slow down the process, citing the need for more time to study and discuss the planning document.

Denveright also arrives at a time when concerns over growth and development in the city have been a central theme in both the mayoral and council races.

Hancock noted that a similar request for a delay was sought when the city adopted a new zoning code in 2010.

“We own this,” he said of the Denveright plan. “We have a responsibility to finish the legislative process here.”

The document describes a wide-ranging master plan that covers such things as affordable housing, public transportation, the city park system and recreation centers.

For example, one goal of the plan is to create a city where no resident is more than a 10-minute walk from a city park or recreation center.

The plan will be the subject of a public hearing before the city's planning board on Wednesday.

Two parts of the plan — Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blue Print Denver — go to the City Council for a hearing and a vote on April 22.

A third element, called Game Plan for a Healthy City, goes before the City Council on May 20.

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