Two Zoning Codes = Inequity
All Talk, No Walk
As long as Denver has two zoning codes, there will be no equity with any plan that Mayor-City Council-CPD propose. Their dirty little secret is that all plans -- Group Living, Area Plans, Residential Infill -- will increase inequity because the City has two zoning codes.
77% of Denver lives in Denver Zoning Code; 23% of Denver lives in Chapter 59 -- "The Old Code."
The 2010 Denver Zoning Code was supposed to "implement the City's vision for the future of Denver, calibrating regulations for structures, uses and parking by neighborhood context to align with Denver’s Comprehensive Plan and Blueprint Denver."
CPD's Dirty Little Secrets
Yet 23% of Denver was left behind in former Chapter 59 zoning. Chapter 59 is exempt from any changes.
Developers and special deals. Lowry, Stapleton, Windsor Gardens, Marston, Southmoor, Northfield, Green Valley Ranch and others negotiated with the City for customized zoning.
What's the effect?
According to the Denver Auditor:
Can it be changed?
Only by City Council or property owner. Chapter 59, Article X
How much will it cost?
- inequity to residents
- departmental inefficiency
- difficulties implementing City’s goals
- additional costs to taxpayers
"Legislative conversion to the New Zoning Code could be completed in approximately two and one-half years for an upfront cost of $571,000." Denver Auditor’s Report, page 18
Where's the money for this?
In 2017, CPD told the City Auditor they didn't have budget funds for Chapter 59 conversion...the very same year they were given budget funds for the massive and complex Group Living Amendment.
No money for Chapter 59 in the 2021 budget, either. They just keep kicking the can down the road -- 11 years and counting.
Do your job!
"Updating zoning rules is one piece of the city’s overall strategy to provide more and better housing opportunities for all residents," says CPD. Those words mean nothing until the Mayor & City Council do their jobs and convert Chapter 59!
"[The Group Living Amendment] is not going to be inclusive because
we are pitting neighborhoods against neighborhoods...
Montbello is going to feel the brunt of this and
Green Valley Ranch is going to be protected."
- City Council President Stacie Gilmore
Final City Council Public Hearing and Vote
Monday | February 8, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.
Contact your City Councilperson HERE