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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

STADIUM DISTRICT MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

Following the City Council adoption of the Stadium District Master Plan in June 2019, city planners with Community Planning and Development are now working with local stakeholders to create new rules and regulations that will ensure that the community's vision, as laid out in the plan, guides all new development. 


GOLDEN TRIANGLE ZONING AND DESIGN

Community Planning and Development is working with area residents, business owners and neighborhood representatives to create new zoning and design standards for Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood to implement the recommendations of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan.


GROUP LIVING TEXT AMENDMENT

In light of increasing demand for non-traditional housing in Denver, the evolving needs of residents and recent changes to state and federal housing regulations, city planners will work with an advisory committee to evaluate the Denver Zoning Code’s rules for “group living.” This evaluation will include a review of land uses and definitions for: households, community corrections facilities, shelters for the homeless, residential care homes, new uses like tiny home villages, and more. Based on this evaluation, planners will recommend updates to the zoning code for some or all of these housing types.


Recently Adopted Text Amendments

TINY HOME VILLAGES TEXT AMENDMENT - Sponsored by Councilwoman Robin Kniech - Adopted October 7, 2019

Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech sponsored a text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code to allow temporary tiny home villages. This amendment was adopted separately from other potential code updates related to group living. 


ZONING AND DESIGN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER - Adopted September 9, 2019

Community Planning and Development proposed zoning changes and design standards and guidelines by which projects in the National Western Center will be reviewed and permitted. 

  • Visit the project page for more information on the adopted changes and next steps for final approval of the design standards and guidelines.

DENVER REVISED MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENT FOR PARTIAL REZONING OF FORMER CHAPTER 59 PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS - Adopted August 5, 2019

This text amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code simplified the requirement for who can submit an application to rezone a portion of a Former Chapter 59 planned unit development (PUD) to a district in the Denver Zoning Code by requiring the consent of only those property owners within the portion being rezoned.  


TEXT AMENDMENT TO CORRECT CLERICAL ERRORS - Adopted July 26, 2019

Community Planning and Development recently corrected several minor, non-substantive clerical errors in the Denver Zoning Code, such as spelling errors and incorrect cross-references. CPD is authorized under the Denver Revised 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 July 26, 2019. 


LARGE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEXT AMENDMENT AND GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PROCESS UPDATE - Adopted July 8, 2019

In coordination with multiple city agencies, Community Planning and Development led a comprehensive update to the historical general development plan (GDP) process and the city’s open space requirements. These changes will allow city agencies to better serve large developments and their surrounding communities, and will improve coordination of major elements (open space, area plans, affordable housing, and more) at a much earlier stage of development planning. The refreshed review process is designed to be clearer and more predictable for customers, allowing developers and owners of large development sites to plan more efficiently for large, long-term projects that may evolve over time. 

If approved, these changes would include the following:

  • Lowering the threshold for what size projects are subject to open space requirements from 10 acres to 5 acres,
  • Clarifying what types of space can be used to meet “open space” requirements,
  • Implementing a new large development review process that also formally establishes the infrastructure master plan (IMP) process, and
  • Procedures for the continuation of, and amendments to, existing GDPs.
  • Carrying forward GPD public meeting requirements into large development review. 

To learn more about the changes proposed: Slide deck summarizing GDPs and the rationale for changes (PDF) | Text of the zoning code amendment (PDF)

  • Any project that is consistent with an approved development agreement with infrastructure master plan (IMP) requirement, an approved site development plan (SDP), or approved general development plan (GDP) is exempt. Projects that require amendments to these will be reviewed under the new process.
  • New Projects: All project concepts for large developments proposed after the effective date of the amendment (anticipated to be in June 2019) will be reviewed under the new process. All new projects over 5 acres will need to include open space.
  • Projects in Progress: Projects that have already begun the SDP concept phase for the entire development area must submit a formal SDP with fees paid by October 1, 2019, to remain exempt from these changes.  
    • Inactive Projects: Any project that was released from concept before October 1, 2018, that has not yet submitted a formal SDP may be re-evaluated under the new review process and open space requirements.
    • Rezoning applications that are submitted with all applicable fees paid by the effective date of the amendment (anticipated to be in June 2019) will be exempt from completing the new large development review process at time of rezoning. However, please be aware that these changes may apply to projects if they proceed to submitting a subdivision application or an SDP. 
    • Likewise, subdivision applications that are submitted with all applicable fees paid by the effective date of the amendment will be exempt from completing the new large development review process at time of subdivision, but would go through the new review at time of SDP.

Any project that would like to use the improved review process for large developments may do so, regardless of the dates above.

Learn more about the new review process: Start on slide 16 (PDF)


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 restated and republished on May 24, 2018. The following amendments are to the updated 2018 version of the code.

The Denver Zoning Code was originally published June 25, 2010. It was re-published in its entirety including 2018 Text Amendment Bundle on May 24, 2018.

Page replacements for Text Amendment 1 (PDF) - effective June 22, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 2 (PDF) - effective October 11, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 3 (PDF) - effective December 20, 2018
Page replacements for Text Amendment 4 (PDF) - effective July 11, 2019
Page replacements for text amendment to correct clerical errors (PDF) - effective July 26, 2019
Page replacements for Text Amendment 5 (PDF) - effective September 12, 2019

If you use assistive technology and would like to access the content in these documents, please contact planning@denvergov.org.

 
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: