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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


AMENDMENTS TO THE DENARGO MARKET ZONING AND DESIGN STANDARDS & GUIDELINES

The City and County of Denver Department of Community Planning and Development has scheduled a public hearing to be held on July 22, 2020, at 10:00 AM via the WebEx virtual platform, for the purpose of hearing comments on amendments to Denargo Market Design Standards and Guidelines (Rules and Regulations).

All interested parties are invited to attend a virtual hearing and present oral and written comments by joining here. Interested parties may also contact Planning Services at (720) 865-2607 for more information or submit written comments via email to planningservices@denvergov.org or via mail to Community Planning & Development, 201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 205, Denver, CO 80202, no later than the date and time of the meeting.

 


CREATION OF THE E-SU-B1 ZONE DISTRICT

Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval is sponsoring a text amendment to create the E-SU-B1 zone district. The new zone district will allow detached accessory dwelling units in an Urban Edge Single Unit district. Concurrently, Councilwoman Sandoval is also proposing a rezoning to allow Accessory Dwelling Units on all single-unit zoned properties in the Chaffee Park neighborhood. More information on the rezoning (map amendment) is available at denvergov.org/proposedrezonings.

 


AFFORDABLE HOUSING ZONING INCENTIVE

As part of ongoing efforts to implement recommendations in Blueprint Denver for more affordable housing options, Community Planning and Development is partnering with the Office of Housing Stability to find ways to encourage construction of affordable and mixed-income housing.


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.

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
Page replacements for Text Amendment 6 (PDF) - effective October 8, 2019

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

 
Impact of COVID-19 response on CPD

The health and welfare of our community is extremely important to us. Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by doing business and engaging with us online. 

Although timelines will be affected, CPD staff is continuing to work on planning, permitting and inspections as responsible social distancing allows. We will stay in contact with applicants and project partners on next steps and are reviewing virtual options for meetings and public engagement that may be carried out under our current circumstances. 

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: