Voters approved the other four components of the $450 million bond effort, and nixed limiting the number of unrelated people that can live at one home.
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An initiative to increase Denver’s marijuana tax to provide funding for pandemic research also failed.
An opposing ballot question backed by the developer that owns the former golf course was rejected by Denver voters.
“I’ve never seen a city work so hard so that they don’t have to do the work,” said Garrett Flicker, who spearheaded Initiative 303, after hearing the decision.
The city seeks “a mixture of shelter and permanent housing” and is looking for teams with documented property ownership.
Denver seeks to nullify the portion requiring it to respond to complaints within 72 hours or risk being sued. No ruling had been issued as of 8 p.m. Sunday.
“This is not being done with a scalpel; it’s being done with a sledgehammer,” said Denver Councilwoman Kendra Black. She warned that prohibition never works.
“What we are going to do is a case-by-case, restaurant-by-restaurant, bar-by-bar assessment of what is possible,” Mayor Michael Hancock said Tuesday.
The number of active licenses and tax revenue from May through August rose dramatically compared to last year, but they still trail pre-pandemic levels.
The city will only grant transportation licenses to companies with owners who were charged with cannabis-related crimes or are in poor areas for the next three years.