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Slot Home Evaluation & Text Amendment

A "slot home" is a multi-unit residential structure consisting of attached dwelling units arranged side-by-side and primarily perpendicular to the street. Slot homes are also sometimes called “sideways-facing town homes” or “fraux homes.” In recent years, slot homes have been constructed in many neighborhoods throughout Denver resulting in a new development pattern that can detract from the design quality and sense of community in Denver’s neighborhoods.

The Slot Home Evaluation & Text Amendment project will include research, analysis and public outreach to identify the problem, explore alternatives and identify tools to promote improved design outcomes. It will culminate in proposed text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code in early 2018 intended to promote multi-family infill development that engages the public realm, considers neighborhood character, addresses human scale, and minimizes negative effects on pedestrians and neighboring properties while ensuring solutions that provide equity, flexibility and predictability. The project will consider all zone districts and building forms relevant to slot home construction regardless of where they occur in Denver. A stakeholder task force will guide the project and ensure an inclusive public process.

Problem Statement

The Problem Identification Report, the product of a well-researched and community-driven process, describes the existing conditions and regulations under which slot homes are built, summarizes trends in recent slot home construction, and outlines public process used to develop the final problem statement.

  • Click here to read the full report (PDF)
  • Click here to download a two-page information sheet on slot homes Denver.
  • Click here for a news recap of the project identification phase of the project 

Slot Home Evaluation Task Force

A task force will assist CPD staff with an evaluation of issues associated with slot home development in Denver’s neighborhoods, and recommend specific zoning text amendments to address identified issues. The task force represents community and other stakeholder interests, including residents, property owners, elected officials, developers and architects, to help ensure an inclusive public process. The Denver Planning Board and City Council will consider task force recommendations before adopting potential future amendments to the Denver Zoning Code.

Task Force Members

  • Rafael Espinoza, Denver City Council
  • Wayne New, Denver City Council
  • Don Elliott, Denver Planning Board
  • Nathan Adams, Real Estate Developer at Adams Development
  • Dave Berton, Designer at Real Architecture
  • Enrico Cacciorni, Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors Board and Real Estate Developer at Red Lodge Development
  • Anna Cawrse, Designer/Landscape Architect at Design Workshop
  • Scott Chomiak, Real Estate Developer at Koelbel Homes
  • Anne Cox, Real Estate Broker (retired)
  • Jane Crisler, Board of Trustees at Historic Denver, Inc. and Designer at Humphries Poli
  • Christine Franck, Director, Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture
  • Sarah Kaplan, Designer at Kephart Architects
  • Maggie Miller, Curtis Park Neighbors Board Representative
  • Ty Mumford, Real Estate Developer at Dawn Development
  • Heather Noyes, Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors Board and Landscape Architect at Studio CPG
  • Melissa Rummel Real Estate Developer at Nichols Partnership

Images from Community Open House

 

Upcoming Meetings

Task Force Meeting #4
2-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 12
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 2.I.1

Garden Court Moratorium

In some cases, slot homes have been built in row house districts using the Denver Zoning Code garden court building form. In August 2016, the Denver City Council approved a moratorium on use of the garden court building form for one year. 

  • Click here for more information on the garden court moratorium.

Note that slot homes may still be built using other Denver Zoning Code building forms in multi-unit, mixed-use and main street districts.

 

Contact Us

Analiese Hock
Senior City Planner
analiese.hock@denvergov.org


For ongoing updates on the forthcoming slot home text amendment, please subscribe to our Community Planning and Development newsletter at denvergov.org/CPD

 

Task force meeting #1
2:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., room 4F6
Meeting summary (PDF)
Meeting packet
(PDF)
Meeting presentation (PDF)

Task force meeting #2
2 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Various locations
Meeting agenda
 (PDF)
Meeting packet (PDF)
Meeting presentation (PDF)

Community Open House
5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8
Scheitler Recreation Center
5031 W. 46th Ave. Denver CO
Meeting flier (PDF)
Meeting agenda (PDF)
Meeting presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Posters (PDF)

Task Force meeting #3
March 16, 2017
Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., room 4F6
Meeting packet (PDF)
Meeting agenda (PDF)
Meeting presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)

Planning Board information item 
May 3, 2017
City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street, Parr-Widener Community Room (#389)

City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee information item
May 23, 2017
City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street, Council Committee Room (#391)