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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

38TH & BLAKE STATION AREA/RIVER NORTH HEIGHT INCENTIVE AND DESIGN OVERLAYS

City Council President Albus Brooks has initiated an Affordable Housing Height Incentive Overlay and a Design Overlay to implement 38th and Blake Station Area Plan Amendments and RiNo neighborhood objectives. 

  • Click here for more information on the proposed overlays. 

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

2017 TEXT AMENDMENT TO CORRECT CLERICAL ERRORS - Effective September 1, 2017

Community Planning and Development Department recently corrected several minor, nonsubstantive clerical errors in 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. 

2017 TEXT AMENDMENT BUNDLE - Adopted Monday, May 1, 2017

As part of the city’s ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, Community Planning and Development proposed a new series of text amendments to the code. Updates for usability, clarification and substance were 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.
  • City Council's Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee approved the text amendments at its March 14 meeting. 
  • The text amendment bundle had its first reading at City Council's March 28 meeting. 
  • City Council held a public hearing and voted to adopt the bundle at its April 24 meeting.
  • Effective date: As of May 5, 2017 any projects submitted to Development Services 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


SMALL LOT PARKING EXEMPTION - Adopted Monday, May 1, 2017

The Denver Zoning Code formerly provided 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 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. 

Milestones:

  • The Denver Planning Board approved the original version of the text amendment proposal (PDF) by a vote of 8-1 at its February 1 meeting, with the condition that City Council not further reduce the parking exemption. 
  • City Council's Land-Use Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee reviewed the text amendment at its February 14 meeting and held the proposal in committee. 
  • LUTI Committee reviewed the proposal again at its March 14 meeting and advanced for consideration by the full City Council.
  • On first reading March 20, City Council approved the proposal with three amendments: a technical clarification, an amendment requiring a zoning permit with informational notice (ZPIN) for all new buildings using the small lot parking exemption and an amendment to the preamble addressing the city's commitment to address parking demand more comprehensively. 
  • On April 3, City Council approved an additional amendment to the small lot parking exemption proposal that would increase off-street minimum parking requirements. This amendment delayed the public hearing to May 1, when the full council will consider and vote on the proposal. The changes are as follows:
    • New buildings located within half a mile of a rail transit station or within a quarter of a mile from a high frequency transit corridor are exempt from providing off-street vehicle parking for the first two stories. (Previously, the proposal exempted the first three stories.)
    • New buildings NOT located within half a mile of a rail transit station or within a quarter of a mile from a high frequency transit corridor are exempt from providing off-street vehicle parking for the first story. (Previously, the proposal exempted the first two stories.)
    • NOTE: Existing buildings and expansions to existing buildings remain exempt from providing vehicle parking in both proposals. 
  • City Council held a public hearing and approved the amended proposal (PDF) at its May 1 meeting. 
  • As of May 5, 2017, any projects submitted to Development Services must adhere to the newly amended Denver Zoning Code, including any text amendments to the small lot parking exemption. 

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


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 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: