Denver City Council Approves Group Living

At a public hearing on Monday, February 8, Denver City Council voted to pass the much-needed “Group Living” package of amendments to the Denver Zoning Code. The amendments are the product of three years of work by city staff, Denver residents, housing providers, and city councilmembers.

The approved zoning amendments increases the number of unrelated adults who may live together to five, up from two in a house and four in an apartment, and adjusts rules for residential care facilities so they are regulated by the number of people they serve, rather than by the type of service they offer. It also expands the land available for community corrections from about 3,210 acres primarily in industrial areas and downtown to about 19,000 acres throughout the city in commercial and mixed-use areas.

“This change has been a long time coming, and I want to thank Community Planning and Development staff and City Council for their work to bring forward an update to these rules that is comprehensive and inclusive,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Our work to provide more housing options for individuals and families to access isn’t finished, but this is a positive step in the right direction, and one that we will build on.”

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