Darrell’s Denver Housing Policy

District 9 residents know that we are facing a housing crisis: it is too expensive compared to income, it is not located where people want to live, and there isn’t enough of it. I will be a champion of increasing housing affordability in Denver. I will also champion making housing more affordable to be built in our city. I will do all of this through the lens of equity.

I am committed to workforce housing that targets educators, restaurant workers, and first responder incomes (60 – 80% of area median income or approximately 50k-60k) as well as affordable housing that targets incomes at 30% and 50% approximately 25k-40k of area median income levels.

I will lead on policies that will ensure that if a resident experiences homelessness or is unsheltered that it is a brief and not recurring event.

Currently, there are 1,202 affordable units that have received city financing under construction at 25 sites throughout Denver. An additional 779 income-restricted units are in the planning stage. We need a councilperson who will collaborate with – not alienate – government agencies, the business and nonprofit sector, and the community to expedite this process.

Darrell Watson's Plan for Denver Housing

What I Propose:

  • Implement community solutions tactics modeled after the successful built for zero initiative that is reducing on an annual basis the number of veterans that are existing unsheltered.
  • Increase sources of funding for attainable and affordable housing: creating a down payment assistance program for first-time buyers up to 80% AMI.
  • Fast-track the adoption of area plans that communities have created, including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as an allowable use across District 9.
  • Streamline permitting process to reduce the permit timeline from average of 18 months to under 12 months.
  • Collaborate with residents to tackle Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) reform.
  • Facilitate dialogue among residents and developers as we navigate our complicated zoning process to ensure quality of life in our neighborhoods is valued in terms of compatibility, scale, and character while housing options are maximized.
  • Streamline “missing middle” housing typologies with simplified reviews or prototype pre-approved designs.

Watson for Denver

PO Box 1341

Denver, CO 80201



Watson for Denver