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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

2016 TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE

As part of the city’s ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, Community Planning and Development is proposing a new series of text amendments to the code. Updates for usability, clarification and substance are prioritized in response to customer and community feedback, industry changes and other factors.

Milestones:  

  • The Denver Planning Board approved the text amendments at its March 1 meeting.
  • The package will be reviewed by City Council's Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee on March 14. 

Upcoming dates:
In an effort to provide predictability and clarity to customers with projects that may be affected by amendments to the Denver Zoning Code, key dates in the adoption process are listed below. All are subject to change and depend on approval, as noted. 

  • City Council first reading: March 28 (pending approval from LUTI Committee)
  • City Council public hearing: April 24 (pending first reading)
  • Effective date: April 27 (pending final City Council approval and adoption)*

*As of this date, any new projects submitted to Development Services for review and permitting must adhere to the newly amended Denver Zoning Code, including all text amendments in the 2016 bundle. 

For more information, review the summary or contact Senior City Planner Sara White (sara.white@denvergov.org


Urban House and Duplex Building Forms in the General Urban Neighborhood Context
The text amendment bundle will include a proposal to remove an inconsistency among zone districts. Currently, in all zone districts other than the General Urban Neighborhood Context, Urban House and Duplex building forms are restricted to a single unit (for an Urban House) or two units (for a Duplex). One of the proposed text amendments will extend this use restriction to General Urban Neighborhood Context zone districts as well. Multi-unit uses will continue to be allowed in the General Urban Neighborhood Context and can be developed in other existing building forms, including Row House and Apartment.

The proposed text amendments will begin the legislative review process for potential adoption in early 2017.


SMALL LOT PARKING EXEMPTION

The Denver Zoning Code provides an exemption from off-street minimum parking requirements for lots 6,250 square feet or smaller in mixed-use commercial zoning districts. In 2016, City Council adopted a moratorium on the use of this exemption that was set to expire March 31, 2017. That moratorium was recently extended 60 days. The moratorium is intended to allow time to study the issue and develop alternatives that ultimately lead to a text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code within the moratorium timeframe.

Councilman Albus Brooks' office convened a steering committee to clarify the issue, consider options, and guide development of a text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code, while building off of past community discussions. The committee, which has concluded its work, consisted of 14 community members across numerous fields and neighborhoods that are most affected by and understand this issue. The committee held five meetings between September and December. Click below for materials presented at the final meeting, held December 15.

For information on this project, contact sponsor Councilman Albus Brooks.
For technical questions on this project, contact Senior City Planner Jeff Hirt (
jeffrey.hirt@denvergov.org)

Milestones:

  • The Denver Planning Board approved the text amendment addressing the small lot parking lot exemption by a vote of 8-1, with the condition that City Council not further reduce the parking exemption, at its February 1 meeting. 
  • City Councils' Land-Use Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee reviewed the text amendment at its February 14 meeting and held the proposal in committee. 

Upcoming dates:
In an effort to provide predictability and clarity to customers with projects that may be affected by amendments to the Denver Zoning Code, key dates in the adoption process are listed below. All are subject to change and depend on approval, as noted. 

  • City Council LUTI Committee: The proposal will be reviewed again March 14
  • City Council first reading: March 20 (pending approval from LUTI Committee)
  • City Council public hearing: April 17 (pending first reading)
  • Effective date: April 27 (pending final City Council approval and adoption)*

*As of this date, any new projects submitted to Development Services for review and permitting must adhere to the newly amended Denver Zoning Code, including any text amendments to the small lot parking exemption. 


SLOT HOME TEXT AMENDMENT

"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. 

  • Click here for more information on the slot homes text amendment. 

Recently Adopted Text Amendments

KRISANA PARK CONSERVATION OVERLAY DISTRICT, CO-5
Approved November 21, 2016

Denver City Council Member Paul Kashmann proposed a Conservation Overlay for the Krisana Park neighborhood.  The new conservation overlay district, CO-5, will conserve the Eichler style of California contemporary homes built by H.B. Wolff in Krisana Park in the 1950s. 

For more information contact Principal City Planner Kyle Dalton (kyle.dalton@denvergov.org).


CORRECTION OF CLERICAL ERRORS
Approved August 23, 2016

Community Planning and Development recently corrected a number of minor, nonsubstantive clerical errors on the face of the Denver Zoning Code, such as spelling errors and incorrect cross-references. CPD is authorized under the Denver Municipal Code to make these types of minor changes as codifier and publisher of the Denver Zoning Code. The most up-to-date version of the Denver Zoning Code, including these minor corrections, was published to the CPD webpage on August 23, 2016, and may be viewed or downloaded at: www.denvergov.org/zoning. For a complete list of the minor corrections made, please click here.


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 originally published June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including 2015 Text Amendment Bundle #1 on July 6, 2015. By clicking on the page replacements below, you will find the amended pages and detailed instructions on removing old pages and inserting new pages into your hard copy of the July 6, 2015 version of the Denver Zoning Code. 

 
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: