On August 22, Denver City Council approved a seven-month moratorium on the use of the Denver Zoning Code’s small zone lot parking exemption for certain projects. The moratorium was proposed by Councilmen Albus Brooks and Paul Kashmann. In early 2017, the moratorium was extended to the end of May 2017.
Before the moratorium ended, City Council approved an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code’s small-lot parking exemption, which is now in effect and has replaced the moratorium.
Here’s what you need to know.
In Denver, zone lots in mixed-use commercial districts that are 6,250 square feet or smaller and that existed as of June 25, 2010, were exempt from off-street parking requirements, regardless of the development capacity or uses. The intent of the small lot parking exemption was to encourage small lot reinvestment and adaptive reuse of buildings.
However, recent projects proposing to put multifamily micro-units on adjacent small lots with no parking generated concern from some neighbors and prompted council action.
During the moratorium, CPD staff did not approve new projects seeking to use the small zone lot parking exemption under Section 10.4.5.1.A of the Denver Zoning Code. Projects for which complete applications for a site development plan concept review were accepted by Community Planning and Development before August 25, 2016, were not subject to the moratorium.
Exceptions to this prohibition were the following:
For the full text of the bill for the moratorium, click here: Read the bill >>
On May 1, 2017, City Council approved an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code’s small-lot parking exemption. For more information on the council process and varying proposals leading up to the adopted amendment, visit our Denver Zoning Code text amendments webpage.
Highlights of the amended small-lot parking exemption
If you have questions about how the amendment could affect your project, please contact your assigned reviewer.