DENVER — The City of Denver is preparing to launch an 18- to 20-month initiative to increase equity in the current rezoning process, Denver Planning Services announced Thursday at the City Council policy committee.
Rezoning is a public process that changes the rules for land use and types of buildings permitted on a property, and it includes neighborhood outreach and multiple City Council votes.
Officials said on Thursday that the equity in zoning initiative would revamp current rezoning criteria to address concerns about barriers to access for community members, avoid speculative rezonings and better align with the city’s goals for equity and climate.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval said that some of Denver’s current rezoning criteria dates back to the 1950s. “I don’t believe that those are based in equity and that they are going to have the kind of outcomes that we need,” she said.
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