Neighborhood Context

The Denver Zoning Code is organized by neighborhood contexts. A context-based approach sets standards for compatible development. The neighborhood contexts are distinguished from one another by their physical and functional characteristics including but not limited to: 

  • street, alley and block patterns
  • building placement and height
  • diversity, distribution and intensity of land uses
  • diversity of mobility options

Suburban Neighborhood Urban Edge Neighborhood Urban Neighborhood
Curving streets, single-family residential and shopping centers.
Curving and grid street patterns, single family residential and shopettes.
Regular street grid, single family residential and main streets and corner stores. 
General Urban Neighborhood Urban Center Neighborhood Downtown Neighborhood
Predominantly multi family, grid and alley block pattern, main streets and corner stores, multi modal.  
Mixed use with both residential and commercial, high pedestrian activity, multi modal transportation.
Mixed use, transit hub, tallest buildings, high pedestrian activity, historic areas.
Special Neighborhood
Special Context and Districts 
For areas that typically serve a principal purpose.