How should Denver define “household?”
At a workshop on October 8, 2018, the Group Living Advisory Committee addressed the Denver Zoning Code’s definition of “household.” The committee recommended including foster and guardian relationships to the list of permitted residents, and increasing the number of unrelated adults allowed to live in a single-unit dwelling beyond the current limit of two. The committee has identified that limitation — which is lower than most peer and regional cities — as an obstacle to residential options like cooperative housing and intergenerational living. The project team and committee plan to continue this discussion at an October 30 meeting. Between now and April, the committee is expected to consider other updates to the zoning code in light of the problem statement (below), ultimately leading to a final set of recommended zoning code changes in spring 2019.
Advisory Committee next steps
October: Household definition
November: Shelter definition, community corrections rules and locations
December: Transitional and special care housing definitions, rules for assisted living and other housing
January: Shelter location and rules
February: Residential care public involvement procedures, and regulations for spaces that combine creative (performance, art production) and residential uses.
March: Tiny house village and co-housing building and design standards, locations
April: Full committee review and confirmation of recommendations
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1 November 2018