This post was authored by Otten Johnson summer law clerk Alex Gano.  Alex is a third-year law student at the University of Colorado Law School.

On July 12, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech announced the final details of their plan to create the City’s first “dedicated funding stream” for affordable housing.  The Office of Economic Development estimates that two sources of revenue will generate a minimum of $150 million over the next ten years, which the City will invest in at least 6,000 new and existing affordable housing units. 
Continue Reading Denver’s Proposed “Permanent Affordable Housing Fund”: What to Expect

In Ave. 6E Invs., LLC v. City of Yuma, decided last week, the Ninth Circuit considered whether a local government’s refusal to grant a rezoning request that would have allowed higher-density residential development violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  This case is one of the most significant cases since last summer’s Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project to address issues of disparate impact and discriminatory intent under the FHA.
Continue Reading Ninth Circuit: Local Government’s Denial of Rezoning May Violate Fair Housing Act

Last week, in a case with national significance for multifamily housing developers, housing advocates, and local governments, the California Supreme Court upheld the City of San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance.
Continue Reading California Supreme Court: Mandatory Affordable Housing Requirements Are Valid Land Use Regulations

Both sides of the political aisle have expressed interest in legislation to promote affordable housing and to correct what many believe is a problem with Colorado’s construction defects law that is preventing construction of condominiums in the Denver metro area.  One option currently under consideration is Senate Bill 15-177.

As reported here by The Colorado