Denver City Council on Monday extended the rule increasing the number of unrelated adult who can live together in a home to the entire city.
So, to back up: Lawmakers approved the so-called group living text amendment in February, which changed the city’s zoning code to allow up to five unrelated adults to live in homes in Denver (it made other changes as well). The city’s zoning code previously capped the number at two.
However, about 20 percent of the city doesn’t fall under Denver’s zoning code, according to a presentation by senior city planner Andrew Webb, which was updated in 2010. That 20 percent falls under the Former Chapter 59 code, or what the city calls the “old” zoning code.
In order for the new rules about unrelated adults living together to take effect for areas governed by the “old” code, council members had to step in.
About a quarter of the city’s residential units still fall under Former Chapter 59 zoning, according to Webb’s presentation. About a third of areas zoned under this “old” code are in far northeast Denver, including Green Valley Ranch and Montbello.