Zoning and Planning

zoning.smCommittee Mission Statement
The mission of the INC Zoning and Planning Committee is to learn about zoning, planning, licensing and urban design issues and processes in Denver, including sidewalks and tree lawns; to assist neighborhood groups in dealing with such matters; and to provide advocacy, recommendations and comments to city government, with emphasis on the need for and importance of involvement of neighbors and neighborhood organizations in city issues.

Zoning & Planning Committee (ZAP)

Co-Chairs

Charles Nadler & Ean Thomas Tafoya
zoningplanning@denverinc.org

For more information, or to volunteer, contact us: zoningplaning@denverinc.org

 

 

Zoning and Planning Committee Reports

March 28 2015 ZAP Meeting Summary (SHORT VERSION)
March 28 2015 ZAP Meeting Summary

January_2015 Meeting Summary Long Version

February 2015 Meeting Summary Long Version

INC ZAP Minutes – May 16, 2015

June 2015 ZAP minutes

July 2015 ZAP Minutes

For more information, or to volunteer, contact us: zoningplaning@denverinc.org

Current Documents and Video’s regarding short term rentals

 

This is one prospective from the Portland City Commission with regard to short term  rentals.

Short-Term Rentals:  Couple in Baker Neighborhood wants to keep houses as homes.

Fox Channel 31, Congress Park and Capital Hill

http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=hkMDRhczraJrfAjbdCi7sTueGN7knEju&pbid=47658b6fe4a043a48f5296392ce1db7f

 

AN ACT to enable Distillery Licenses

AirBnB- Study on Impact to Los Angeles Area

INC ZAP CDP Overview

Sun Valley Decatur-Federal Area Plan

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – MARCH 24, 2018

The March 24 2018 Zoning and Planning Committee meeting featured a presentation on the effort to update the 2000 Comprehensive Plan, a discussion about the recently-formed Group Living Advisory Committee, and the Downtown Area Plan Amendment related to the Central Platte Valley and Auraria, which were not addressed in detail by the 2007 Downtown Area Plan.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – FEBRUARY 24, 2018

If passed, it would require CPD to send written notifications by mail of any proposed rezonings to all owners of property within a 200-foot radius of the property proposed for rezoning, both before a Planning Board hearing and the City Council public hearing. This would improve notification to neighboring property owners. Currently, Registered Neighborhood Organizations receive such notice (thanks to the 1979 ordinance sponsored by INC), but some parts of the city do not have RNOs and some RNOs do not have active zoning committees or regular meetings to discuss rezonings. Several cities in Colorado and across the United States have such notification requirements. The Planning Board hearing on this proposed text amendment will be on April 18 and the City Council hearing will probably be on June 18.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – January 27, 2018

Many slot homes do not engage the street or sidewalk with street-level building activities, porches or human entrances that promote interaction with neighbors and ownership of the public realm.
The siting, setbacks and uses sometimes do not reflect the existing or desired future conditions of the street or neighborhood.
They often negatively impact the pedestrian-oriented character of the street and sidewalk by visible driveways, parking areas and garage doors.
Many slot homes do not incorporate human-scale proportions, heights and design elements.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES DECEMBER 9, 2017

Erik Solivan, the director of the city’s Office of HOPE (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere) explained the almost-finished five-year Comprehensive Housing Plan to the committee. In 2016, a Housing Advisory Committee, which is the author of the plan, and an Affordable Housing Fund were established by ordinance. The fund, which replaces the money raised by the former inclusionary housing ordinance, is expected to raise approximately $15 million per year. The city is also looking for financial help from foundations and major employers. The city of Denver’s population, currently 700,000, grew 27% since 2000. The term “affordable housing” is meant to cover a wide area of the housing market, from no income to 80% of the average median income. The fundamental values of the plan are:

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – OCTOBER 28, 2017

Bridget Walsh and Tom Morris spoke about the issue of major land use decisions within parks being removed in the 2010 Zoning Code from the elected City Council and put in the hands of the Executive Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, appointed by the Mayor. After discussion, the Committee approved the following motion by a vote of 17 in favor, 1 opposed and 5 abstentions:

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Resolution to Amend the Zoning Code to Provide Zoning of Parks

It is Resolved by Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Zoning and Planning:

We request City Council to amend the Zoning Code such that OS-A land is
subject to community-inclusive zoning control processes similar to other zoning
classifications and under the authority of City Council and commit to take no action in
Council to bring forth a bill in this matter until a meaningful community engagement
process has been completed.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

Charlotte Winzenberg now represent INC on the STR Advisory Committee. Excise and Licenses has hired a private company to search for STRs, primarily through online listings, to make sure that, as the ordinance requires, an owner has obtained a license for the STR and that the STR is the primary residence of the owner. The city believes that there are approximately 3000 STRs (although many are rented only a few days per year). Currently, 2054 (about 67%) are licensed. Other city departments, not Excise and Licenses, regulate properties for issues such as noise and trash. Excise and Licenses has issued about 1600 warning notices and imposed fines on 35 properties.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – AUGUST 26, 2017

The Zoning and Planning Committee of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation met on August 26, 2017 and briefly discussed the proposed “framework agreement” that will govern the National Western Center for the next 50 years and which is expected to be filed with City Council on September 7, 2017. Please note that we had no access to the document to review, because the very lengthy agreement has not been made available to the public and was negotiated and written behind closed doors.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – APRIL 23, 2016

The new ordinance will require a 1000-foot buffer between cultivation facilities and schools and residential zone districts. In the future, unlike the past, any new applications will be subject to a full needs-and-desires hearing by the Department of Excise and Licenses. In addition, applicants for new or renewed licenses will be required to have a “community engagement plan,” which must include plans to create positive impacts in the neighborhood where the business will be located and procedures to address neighborhood concerns.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – FEBRUARY 25, 2017

Chair Margie Valdez convened the meeting of the INC Zoning and Planning Committee and led an internal discussion of committee members about several important ongoing topics:

There is a well balanced citizen advisory group working to recommend regulations and procedures to the Department of Excise and Licenses to implement Initiative 300, which Denver voters passed in November 2016, regarding social consumption of marijuana. Margie, who is a member of the advisory group, mentioned the following:

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