|Explainer: how zoning impacts your neighborhood
Denver Zoning Administrator 101
What is a Zoning Administrator?
Denver's Zoning Administrator has sole authority for making determinations, interpretations, and clarifications of Denver's two zoning codes -- Denver Zoning Code and Chapter 59. (Article 12.4.6)
What does that mean?
As an example, Denver's Zoning Administrator is the sole authority to make a determination and issue a permit for sanctioned homeless camp sites and sanctioned homeless parking sites.
Can a sanctioned homeless camp site be placed next door to you?
Yes, the Zoning Administrator can issue a permit for a homeless camp/parking site anywhere in the city, in all Denver Zoning Code and Chapter 59 zones. Remember, Denver has two zoning codes, which create confusion, inequity, and increased costs across the city.
The Mayor and City Council gave specific COVID-19 authority to the Zoning Administrator, in October 2020 for sanctioned homeless camps and parking sites. The Ordinance allows the Zoning Administrator to place a sanctioned camp site or parking site in any neighborhood. The sunset date (end date) is currently 21 days after the rescission of State and City COVID-19 health orders.
The end date is being extended to December 31, 2023. A public hearing for the extension is Monday, July 12, 2021.
How does this impact my neighborhood?
Sanctioned outdoor camp sites and parking sites can be placed in any neighborhood at the sole discretion of the Zoning Administrator and the owner of the property. Neighbors receive no notice, and have no recourse.
What can we do?
Give your input for the public hearing
Camp sites and parking sites will be allowed throughout the city until December 31, 2023, if Bill 21-0592 passes. Contact your Councilperson and urge a NO vote.
Repeal the Group Living Amendment
The Zoning Administrator was given exponentially expanded authority -- "super powers" -- under the Group Living Amendment (GLA). We placed the Group Living Amendment referendum on the November 2021 ballot. Repeal the over-reach!
Authorized and paid for by Safe and Sound Denver Issue Committee