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Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments

The Denver Zoning Code is a foundational document that evolves with the city as its needs change. The text of the code is periodically amended based on identified needs and public feedback. Text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are generally initiated by Community Planning and Development staff and must be adopted by City Council.

Proposed Text Amendments

PARKING MAXIMUM ZONING OVERLAY
To implement the vision of the 41st and Fox Station Area Plan for walkable, mixed-use transit-oriented development with opportunities for additional housing, jobs and services, Community Planning and Development is proposing a zoning overlay to establish parking maximums for development for the 184-acre portion of the station area east of Interstate 25.


CENTRAL PLATTE VALLEY-AURARIA PLAN IMPLEMENTATION - co-sponsored by Councilmen Albus Brooks and Rafael Espinoza
Community Planning and Development has initiated a process to implement the vision for the Central Platte Valley-Auraria District, as laid out in the recently adopted Downtown Area Plan Amendment. To fully realize the objectives of the plan, the implementation approach recommends a text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code to establish new zone districts that will describe appropriate levels of intensity, building typologies, and design standards that could apply to areas within Central Platte Valley-Auraria.


COLORS AS SIGNS CLARIFICATION TEXT AMENDMENT
Community Planning and Development is proposing to amend the definition of a “sign” in the Denver Zoning Code to remove the word “colors.” Signs typically have words, images, designs, and other attributes that serve to advertise, and while colors may be part of such designs by nature, the zoning code has historically not been interpreted to consider color alone as constituting a sign. 

Questions and comments may be directed to Development and Planning Supervisor, Development Services-Zoning Administration, Matthew Seubert (matthew.seubert@denvergov.org).

ONE-STORY PORCH SETBACK ENCROACHMENT CORRECTION TEXT AMENDMENT
Community Planning and Development is proposing to correct a code drafting error adopted in the May 2018 Slot Home text amendment that may cause confusion regarding allowed setback encroachments for porches and similar features in some zone districts. One-story and multi-story porches have historically been allowed to encroach into minimum primary street setbacks. This amendment would correct code language to ensure that one-story porch allowances match those for multi-story porches. It maintains allowed side interior setback encroachments for one-story porches on the Town House building form added with the May 2018 Slot Home text amendment.

Questions and comments on setback encroachments for porches may be directed to Principal City Planner Abe Barge (abe.barge@denvergov.org

The two proposed amendments listed above will go through the public review and legislative process jointly as one text amendment. Both are intended to reduce ambiguity and the possibility for subjective code administration and enforcement and facilitate consistent application of regulations city-wide.

Planning Board Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 1


GROUP LIVING TEXT AMENDMENT

In light of increasing demand for non-traditional housing in Denver, the evolving needs of residents and recent changes to state and federal housing regulations, city planners will work with an advisory committee to evaluate the Denver Zoning Code’s rules for “group living.” This evaluation will include a review of land uses and definitions for: households, community corrections facilities, shelters for the homeless, residential care homes, new uses like tiny home villages, and more. Based on this evaluation, planners will recommend updates to the zoning code for some or all of these housing types.


Recently Adopted Text Amendments

REZONING NOTIFICATION TEXT AMENDMENT – sponsored by Councilman Rafael Espinoza - Adopted June 18, 2018

At the behest of City Councilman Rafael Espinoza and in keeping with Community Planning and Development goals regarding transparency and outreach, city planners proposed an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code requiring additional notifications to neighboring property owners during the rezoning process. The amendment requires CPD to notify by mail all property owners within 200 feet of the proposed rezoning first at the time the application is received and again ahead of the Planning Board public hearing on the rezoning. (Previously, staff sent notifications to only registered neighborhood organizations whose boundaries encompass or are located within 200 feet of the proposed rezoning at these steps.)  

Questions and comments may be directed to Associate City Planner Jason Morrison (Jason.morrison@denvergov.org).


2018 DENVER ZONING CODE TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE - Adopted May 21, 2018

As part of the city's ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, Denver Community Planning and Development proposed a new series of text amendments to the code. City planners compiled the proposed package or "bundle" of text amendments as part of their periodic review of the code and in response to feedback from the community, Development Services customers, and permit and plan review staff as well as industry changes and other factors.

Questions and comments may be directed to Senior City Planner Sara White (sara.white@denvergov.org). 


SLOT HOME TEXT AMENDMENT - Adopted May 7, 2018

"Slot homes” are residential buildings that turn their sides to the street and may detract from the quality and community feel of Denver's neighborhoods. Community Planning and Development is leading a text amendment process to address slot home in Denver.


38TH & BLAKE STATION AREA/RIVER NORTH HEIGHT INCENTIVE AND DESIGN OVERLAYS - Adopted February 12, 2018

City Council President Albus Brooks has initiated a Height Incentive Overlay and a Design Overlay to implement the recently adopted 38th and Blake Station Area Plan Amendments and River North (RiNo) neighborhood objectives. 

  • Visit project page for more information on the proposed overlays and to review the public review draft of the proposed Denver Zoning Code amendment to create the overlays
  • Visit the plan amendments page for more information on the planning process that led to the proposed overlays

 

All Adopted Denver Zoning Code Amendments

View the full Legislative History of Denver Zoning Code Text Amendments (PDF), which outlines zoning code changes adopted by City Council to date. The legislative history includes ordinance number, effective date, applicable Denver Zoning Code provisions, and keywords.  Text amendments to the code follow the procedure set out in the Denver Zoning Code, Article 12, Section 12.4.11.

Redline Versions
By clicking on the redline versions, you can view and print a marked-up version of the text amendment to learn what changed.

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published on June 25, 2010. The following are amendments to the original version of the code.  

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on April 7, 2014. The following amendments are to the updated 2014 version of the code.

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on July 6, 2015. The following amendments are to the updated 2015 version of the code.

The Denver Zoning Code was restated and republished on May 5, 2017. The following amendments are to the updated 2017 version of the code.

 

 

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including 2018 Text Amendment Bundle on May 24, 2018.

If you use assistive technology and would like to access the content in these documents, please contact planning@denvergov.org.

 
Submit Comments

We welcome your comments on pending text amendments. Comments may be provided by mail or in person at public hearings. The following types of written comments are accepted:

  • Citizen comments
  • RNO position statements

For complete instructions on when and how to submit comments, visit the Contact the Planning Board page.

Neighborhood Position Statements

Denver CPD notifies Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) of pending amendments affecting areas located inside or within 200 feet of their established boundaries. 

For text amendments, RNOs receive a public hearing notice prior to City Council public hearings.  A RNO is encouraged to: