About Cathy Kentner

Background & Accomplishments

  • Lakewood resident 20+ years
  • Single mom of two
  • Jeffco teacher
  • Community leader and activist
  • Planning Commissioner
  • Bonvue Neighborhood association past president
  • Bonvue Water and Sanitation District board member
  • Strategic Growth Initiative co-petitioner
  • Lakewood Neighborhood Partnerships co-founder
  • 2020 Mayor Inspiration Award nominee

Two decades ago, I moved to Lakewood lured by its affordability as well as the hometown feel, a perfect place to start and nurture a family.  After living and teaching here for more than 20 years, I have seen and experienced the struggles many families now face to pay for housing and to put food on the table for their children. The decisions we make today and in the years to come must put community first to ensure that Lakewood will continue to be the place our children raise their children. As a community voice in housing and development, I have and will continue to bring our community together with common-sense solutions to the development pressures that challenge our community and its leadership.

As a leader of the Bonvue Neighborhood association, I successfully advocated to restore Zoning Ordinance language that still protects Lakewood’s parks and open space from development. Recently I teamed with leaders of other nearby neighborhoods to successfully lobby for restoration of language that resolved years of dispute between CCU and surrounding neighborhoods.

As a City of Lakewood Planning Commissioner I recognize the challenges and the potential impacts that accompany rampant growth. Despite considerable resistance, I have continued to advocate for policies that have proven effective in balancing the city’s growth with the needs of current residents and small businesses.

As a community activist and co-founder of Lakewood Neighborhood Partnerships, I have helped a number of neighborhoods reach agreements with developers to mitigate the potential pitfalls of looming densification.

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