Denver Referred Question 2N: Cleaning up rules around rezoning protest petitions

The ballot question:

Shall the Charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to clarify City Council’s authority regarding zone districts and to require that zoning protests can only be initiated by property owners in Denver?

What it does:

This ballot question seeks to clarify specific sections of the city’s charter where it deals with zoning regulations. Specifically, it addresses protest petitions for rezoning applications.

Protest petitions allow property owners to create a higher bar for the City Council to approve a rezoning application. If a protest petition is signed by enough property owners either within or adjacent to the boundaries of an area that is being considered for rezoning, that petition triggers a super-majority vote. That means 10 of the council’s 13 members must vote to approve the application to pass it instead of just a simple majority of seven or more yes votes.

Opponents to the Park Hill golf course rezoning turned in a protest petition with intentions to increase the threshold for that property’s rezoning earlier this year (a precursor to Referred Questions 2O being sent to voters). That petition was rejected after city officials ruled some of the people who signed on on behalf of commercial properties nearby did not have proper authorization to be signees. The rezoning eventually passed 9-4.

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Under Referred Question 2N, the charter would be amended to clarify that protest petitions only apply to rezoning applications and not the creation of special taxing districts, business improvement districts or historic districts.

The measure would further clarify that only property owners from within Denver can sign protest petitions, not people living in other cities even if they are within 200 feet of a property within Denver’s borders.

What proponents are saying:

City Council members Robin Kniech and Amanda Sandoval sponsored this law change …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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