Speak Out Today Against Jolon Clark’s Bid to Make Denver Less Affordable

The current parking exemption on small lots (left column), would yield much more housing than the parking requirements going to vote in tonight (right column). YIMBY Denver created this chart based on data from Community Planning and Development.
The current parking exemption on small lots (left column), would yield much more housing than the parking requirements going to vote in tonight (right column). YIMBY Denver created this chart based on data from Community Planning and Development.

The Denver City Council is going to increase parking requirements, raising housing costs and undercutting walkability. The question is: How bad will things get?

The council is considering two different options to require parking on small lots, where parking was not required before.

One option, introduced by Council President Albus Brooks, would compel developers to build more parking on these lots, but smaller projects near good transit could opt out.

City Councilman Jolon Clark
City Councilman Jolon Clark

The other option, from Council Member Jolon Clark, sets the parking requirements higher. Community Planning and Development has warned that Clark’s amendment would make it harder to build much-needed housing.

After holding back his amendment two weeks ago because he was concerned he lacked the votes (members Debbie Ortega and Kevin Flynn were absent), Clark is expected to introduce the amendment at tonight’s legislative session.

The housing advocates at YIMBY Denver are urging people to contact City Council members ahead of tonight’s meeting and urge them to oppose Clark’s measure.

It costs between $18,000 to $26,000 to build a single parking stall. By mandating the construction of parking, Clark’s amendment will increase construction costs and constrain the development of new housing. In a city with rapid population growth and a severe housing shortage, that’s bad news for affordability.

If you want to build a city for people, not parking spaces, contact your council members before the meeting. At-large Council Member Debbie Ortega could be a swing vote, says YIMBY Denver, so give her a buzz too.

City Council’s monthly comment session is also tonight. You can add your voice to the public record if you sign up ahead of time.

  • colotime81

    Obvious article written by or for developers. Developers have ruined this city. Make them provideo parking it else every area around town resembles parking in Capitol Hill, highlands, rino, South Broadway. These bastards have had enough leeway to ruin this town. Require parking.

    • ddv4171

      If by resembling Capitol Hill, Highlands, RiNo, and S Broadway, you mean walkable, urban areas that provide a healthy tax base and where it’s still very easy to find parking, even if stopping for 30min at a shop, then yes, shame on them…?

      While I agree that developers often don’t have the neighborhoods’ best interests at heart in Denver, they have by no means ruined these neighborhoods. If I was going to complain about something, it’d be the low quality of the developments and often lack of pedestrian scale WAY before any parking issues. Yes, you may have to pay for off-street parking in denser parts of the city since the street is public domain for shoppers, residents, and visitors – but this will eventually incentivize people to remove cars from the road instead of add them

    • MT

      Developers won’t be paying for parking, the people who live in the buildings they build will pay for it. Whether they need or want a parking space, we are forcing them to pay for it. All it does is raise housing costs.
      Forcing parking to be built just increases the cost to build, hurting small developments and cheaper housing options.

      Don’t like Cap Hill? Don’t visit there. Just don’t force other people to pave over their neighborhoods so you don’t have to expend any mental energy to find a place to shove you car.

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