East Colfax is the latest neighborhood where homeowners in Denver will not have to seek city permission if they want to convert their garages into apartments or otherwise build second residences on their properties after the City Council on Monday voted to rezone 2,050 lots there for accessory dwelling units.

The East Colfax neighborhood is considered a high-risk area for gentrification that can displace lower-income residents. Allowing ADUs is viewed as a way to combat that by providing lower-cost housing options for renters and a means for existing homeowners to build more wealth on their properties, city planner Andrew Webb said Monday.

It’s the third mass rezoning to accommodate more granny flat development in Denver. Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval spearheaded efforts to rezone 1,400 properties in Chaffee Park in November 2020 and then another 1,400 in Sloan’s Lake in August.

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