Planning & Zoning

Adopted area plans provide the legal basis for rezoning proposals in Denver. They are also used as a guide for budgeting and project implementation with various Denver agencies such as Public Works and Community Planning & Development.

Area Plans

The adopted Denver “small area plan” or “neighborhood plan” that includes Curtis Park and most of the Five Points statistical neighborhood is the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan. Worked on by neighbors and the City for nearly a year and adopted by City Council in 2011, this plan captures the community vision and identified challenges, and forms the basis for work done with the city and other agencies (RTD, service providers, businesses).


The core residential areas in Curtis Park are primarily zoned U-RH-2.5 (Urban context, allowing Row House, duplex, and urban house primary structures, 2.5 story limit) in the historic districts, and G-MU-3 (General Urban context, Multiple-Unit primary structures allowed, 3 story limit). Commercial sites and mixed-use areas have a variety of zoning.  The resources below will help you identify the zoning on any given property, and look up the definitions for the form and use allowances for your zone district.

Please note that the majority of Curtis Park is covered by a “Conservation Overlay” which increases flexibility for construction of garages and accessory dwelling units under certain circumstances, in order to allow for historic patterns of development in the neighborhood. Find out about the CO-2 Conservation Overlay in the Denver Zoning Code, article 9, section

Community Facts

For information about the Five Points statistical neighborhood, including summary information from the latest U S Census, visit the Piton Foundation’s Neighborhood Summary page.