How do I read the New Denver Zoning Code? Last week, we looked at what the first part of a three part naming system for the new code entails, the neighborhood type. This week we will look at the other two parts of the code, the use and form section and the lot size.
If we take as an example the code of U-SU-B, we would interpret this code as an Urban designated neighborhood (U), a Single Unit (SU) structure is allowed, and the lot size is (B) indicates the minimum lot size to be 4,500 square feet.
So to recap, here is a cheat sheet for reading the new code. While this all can be confusing, the Zoning Code website, click here, offers a very thorough breakdown and explanation of the code.
The initial letter designates the neighborhood context:
S=Suburban; E=Urban Edge; U=Urban; G=General Urban; C=Urban Center; D=Downtown
The second pair designates the dominate use and form:
SU=Single Unit; TU=Two Unit; TH=Townhouse; RH=Rowhouse; MU=Multi Unit; RO=Residential Office; CC=Commercial
Corridor; MX=Mixed Use; RX=Residential Mixed Use; MS=Main Street; IX=Industrial Mixed Use
The final letter designates the minimum lot size OR the final number indicates the maximum height in stories:
A=3,000; B=4,500; C=5,500; D=6,000; E=7,000; F=8,500; G=9,000; H=10,000; I=12,000When there is an additional number or letter at the end of the zone district name, it is an indicator of special regulations tailored to that zone
district. See the zone district regulations for more detail.