A Denver City Council committee has taken the first step toward creating Colorado’s first-ever tourist improvement district. On Wednesday, June 7, the Business, Arts, Workforce & Aeronautical Services committee unanimously approved Bill 17-0653, authorizing the district, which is designed as a mechanism to help fund tourism-related facility improvements and services like the upcoming $233 million Colorado Convention Center expansion project. Continue Reading Denver City Council Advances Tourist Improvement District Proposal
Late last month, we told you about an important bill introduced in the Colorado General Assembly. The bill had passed in the Colorado House of Representatives, and was headed for the Senate. It was drafted to address the sharp decrease in condominium construction in this state, caused by developers’ fear of construction defect claims brought by condominium homeowners’ associations. A description of the bill can be found in our original client alert here.
An update: The bill has become law. The Senate passed HB 1279 on May 4, and sent it to the Governor’s desk for signature. Governor Hickenlooper signed it Tuesday, May 23, amid celebration from legislators and reform advocates. As we noted last month, the bill “is not a complete ‘fix’ for the condominium construction issues, if such a fix even exists,” but it is widely considered a good first step.
In our April Client Alert, we reported on a possible breakthrough in construction defect reform legislation, which had passed the House and was moving to the Senate. The Colorado Senate has now unanimously approved House Bill 1279, and sent it to Governor Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the bill. HB 1279 was one of six bills introduced this year in an effort to address the dearth of condominium construction in Denver. It is the only bill to reach the Governor’s desk, and the first bill in four years of effort to make substantive changes to the existing construction defect law in Colorado.
This past Tuesday evening, Boulder City Council voted 8-1 to extend the city’s existing moratorium barring the city from considering property owner requests to exceed the city’s building height ordinance. One of my prior posts summarizes Boulder’s building height restriction regime and the existing moratorium. The existing moratorium was set to expire on April 19, 2017; Tuesday’s vote extended that date to July 19, 2018 while keeping the existing moratorium’s other terms. In short, this extension means that unless a development is located in an exempted area or is part of an exempted project, Boulder won’t see a building over 40 feet tall constructed any time soon.
As Denver’s housing market continues to thrive, so, too, do the development-related concerns of existing residents. The rapid pace of development in many City-close neighborhoods has at times pitted residents desiring attractive, pedestrian-oriented communities against developers responding to high demand for urban housing options. On Monday, August 22, 2016, the Denver City Council passed a pair of City-wide development moratoria aimed at addressing parking and architectural issues. CB16-0498 concerns use of the City’s small zone lot parking exemption. CB-16-0541 places a one-year moratorium on use of the Zoning Code’s Garden Court Building Form. Both bills passed with a unanimous vote of Councilmembers present and took effect August 25, 2016. Continue Reading Denver City Council Passes Pair of Development Moratoria