Tiny homes will be allowed across much of the city, but mobile homes are banned
By ANDREW KENNEY | The Denver Post
The Denver City Council voted on Monday to make it easier to build tiny-home communities in most of Denver.
“This is about creating spaces for villages as quickly as we can, so we can get to scale and serve more people,” said Councilwoman At-large Robin Kniech, the bill’s sponsor.
Before they celebrated the new rules, though, some members pointed out a policy paradox. The city is embracing tiny homes as a way to quickly build portable affordable housing — but Denver strictly limits mobile homes.
“It feels like a disconnect in our code,” said Council President Jolon Clark at an earlier meeting. “… Why are we still treating these things differently? Why are we promoting one and not even allowing the other?”
The new city law allows tiny home villages to be built across industrial, commercial and mixed-use sites, along with certain sites in residential neighborhoods. Villages could appear on future development sites, spare city land, or even church properties.