On February 8, Denver City Council will vote on a major update to the group-living portions of the Denver Zoning Code. Among other things, the proposal would allow up to five unrelated adults to live in a household — right now, that number is capped at two — and open more areas of the city to residential facilities, including halfway houses and sober-living homes.
The plan has been in the works for three years, and as Conor McCormack-Cavanagh reported this week, the fight will go down to the wire, with Safe and Sound Denver fighting the proposal while a slim majority of councilmembers appear to favor it.
Meanwhile, as evidenced by the comments on the Westword Facebook posts of our stories, many Denverites sharing housing are suddenly learning that they've been violating the law by living more than two to a household. Says Oak:
Thank you for your coverage of the group living decision coming up in Denver City Council. We must support people’s needs and/or choices to live with multiple unrelated people. Even the term ‘unrelated’ is offensive to me. We are all connected, and I don’t think any government or corporation should be able to decide with whom I *relate* and share my private life. I think it’s as bad as anti-miscegenation laws.
Everyone seems to miss the fact that the new zoning would be 5 unrelated people and each could have any number of family members living with them also. It could rapidly become 10 people.
So you couldn't film Three's Company in Denver? What a stupid rule. Let people live the way they want to as long as it doesn't hurt other people. Live and let live!
Good thing to change, since it takes five salaries to afford a house anywhere along the Front Range.
Who checks? I think people living together is a good idea—especially these days!
If the rundown rental on your block isn't bad enough, just wait.
So, two unmarried couples cannot live in a two-bedroom, two-bath home? That would be four unrelated people living together. Hardly unreasonable. No wonder housing is unaffordable; the current restrictive rules don’t accommodate reasonable occupancy. The group opposing this likely just wants to see housing shortages persist so their own values increase. How selfish.
What an unbelievably ignorant idea. Increasing the unrelated people that can live in a home!!!
Welcome to the ghetto. This can really ruin a street, neighborhood and a city. Better pay attention!!!
What is this, the ’50s? Time for Denver to officially recognize that not everyone lives in a nuclear famiily, and that there are less fortunate people who need a place to live, too. Time to do better.
The process of approving this ridiculous proposal highlights the dishonest and shady dealings of Denver's City Council....polling shows that over 65 percent of Denver residents do not support this reckless proposal, yet the council members refuse to listen to the voters. Denver parents are united to start recall efforts for any council members who vote in favor of this dangerous proposal.
How do we as U.S. citizens allow any government agency to dictate who we allow to live in our homes?
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