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Zoning updates include permitting online retail sales, modernizing gender language

City Council adopts "bundle" changes to Denver Zoning Code 

Denver City Council approved the 2018 Text Amendment Bundle, a series of updates to the Denver Zoning Code, at a public hearing Monday, May 21.

The text amendments are part of the city's ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly. Denver Community Planning and Development proposed the package or "bundle" of text amendments as part of its 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. The proposed changes correct errors, make the code easier to use and understand, clarify rules and standards, and in some cases make substantive changes.

Among the changes:

  • Code language has been updated to be gender neutral so the references to "husband and wife" or "brother and sister" are now "spouses" and "siblings."
  • Online retail sales are now a permitted home occupation, reflecting modern pratice and common use of websites such as Etsy and eBay. 
  • To promote pedestrian-oriented development, mini-storage and drive-thru facilities have been prohibited or restricted in certain zone districts and within a quarter-mile of rail stations. 
  • To address residents' concerns over bright lights and glare, there are now limits on how bright parking lot lighting can be, particularly at car dealerships and gas stations or when the lot is directly adjacent to a low-scale residential zone district. Learn more about permits for new parking lot lighting.

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Site development plans and single-unit or duplex projects for which a complete application was received by Development Services before 4 p.m., May 23 can proceed through the review process under the old rules, but must be approved by November 10. 


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