How to read the New Denver Zoning Code. Understanding the use, form and lot size.

Posted by Mic Ortega on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 3:30pm.



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.

Naming Convention:

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=12,000

When 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.

3 Responses to "How to read the New Denver Zoning Code. Understanding the use, form and lot size."

Catherine wrote: Can you convert a single family home to a duplex in E-SU-DX?

Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 3:32pm.

Richard wrote: I am looking at a piece a property designated as U-MS-2. I am considering scraping the present home, which is being used as a commercial establishment. What can I build on the property, how tall, size and use? What is the parking requirements? Can I have a mix use, with commercial on the street level and residential above? Please help me out. Thank you.

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 at 11:53am.

Mic Ortega wrote: Hi Richard. For that specific of question, I would highly recommend contacting the zoning department directly, they can be reached at 720-865-2915. I can try to answer it but would be only going off what it says online and they can tell you exactly what your options are. Good luck, sounds like a great project. Mic.

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 10:58am.

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