Short-term home rentals (“STRs”) are big business in the Colorado front range, both in places where they are currently allowed and those where they are not. In many cities, people are renting their residences on apps like VRBO and Airbnb, even when prohibited by the zoning code. One such city, Lakewood, Colorado, is attempting to deal with this issue head on by adopting ordinances to directly regulate STRs. However, Lakewood’s proposed ordinances have a stricter bite than the regulatory schemes of other cities in the area such as Denver. Continue Reading Short-Term Rentals on the Horizon for Lakewood
Restrictions on the ability of homeowners’ associations to enforce covenants deemed contrary to public policy have long been the norm in states across the country, including Colorado, which could soon see an expansion of such restrictions.
Colorado’s Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA) contains various statutory restrictions on the ability of a homeowners’ association to enforce rules and covenants deemed contrary to public policy. For example, notwithstanding any provision in an association’s declaration, bylaws or rules and regulations to the contrary, an HOA is barred from enforcing prohibitions on xeriscaping, display of the American flag, and the display of political signs during election cycles. Continue Reading Colorado House Passes Bill that would Limit the Ability of HOAs to Regulate the Display of Residents’ Flags and Political Signs
Last month, Denver City Council voted 10-1 in favor of approving a contract between the City and Village Collaborative, an organization that “exists to create and operate transformational housing communities in partnership with people coming from homelessness.” Under the terms of the contract, the City agreed to contribute $899,569 “to fund two Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) sites, with amenities and services that provide outdoor accommodation for up to 100 households.” On July 1, 2020, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Denver’s initial partnership with Village Collaborative, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and other nonprofit organizations for the development of SOS sites within the City. Since that announcement, Village Collective has operated an SOS site at the Denver Community Church (1595 Pearl Street), and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado has operated an SOS site at the First Baptist Church of Denver (1373 Grant Street). The earmarked funds approved by City Council this month will be used to fund Village Collective’s existing SOS site at the Denver Community Church. Continue Reading Denver Approves Funding for Safe Outdoor Camping Sites for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness; Aurora Looking to Follow Suit
In 2018, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (the CWCB) published the current version of the State’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (the DMRP). Originally prepared in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), and adopted by the Office of the Governor, the DMRP is intended to provide State and local authorities with “effective and systematic” methods of combatting short- and long-term water shortages throughout Colorado. The DMRP contemplates a three-phase Drought Plan Implementation Cycle, with Phase 3 of the cycle activated in times of extreme or exceptional drought. Continue Reading Amid Grim 2021 Drought Projections, Governor Polis Activates the Municipal Water Impact Task Force
This week, the Denver City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of the entire Chaffee Park neighborhood to allow accessory dwelling units within the neighborhood. The approval will provide additional housing options in Denver and likely paves the way for similar rezonings.