“A new apartment building goes up in your neighborhood. It’s blocking your view of the mountains, and the design is ugly as sin. You’re afraid it will further gentrify your neighborhood, and you and your beloved neighbors will be priced out. Why is your city council rep, who claims to care about such issues, allowing this monstrosity to be built, you wonder.
Or, someone’s building a massive single-unit home where multi-unit, mixed-use properties are allowed, but you want to see more density and retail in your neighborhood, maybe to accommodate some of the 115,000 people who’ve arrived in Denver over the past decade. More housing is the only way, as you see it, that younger generations can become homeowners. How is your council rep, who said they supported density, OK with this?
There’s a very good chance, in all of the hypothetical cases above, that your council member wouldn’t be informed about these new developments. That’s because members are usually only notified about a new project if a zoning rule has to be rewritten to accommodate it. And that’s pretty rare.”
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Harris, Kyle. Denverite 13 January 2022.