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Update on Group Living Amendment!
Posted on Feb 9th, 2021

Hello from the SPEHA Board--Update on Group Living Amendment!
 
Late last night Denver City Council passed the Group Living Amendment (GLA) 11 to 2. All three City Council members avowedly representing Southmoor Park East voted in favor of the GLA. The event was pure political theater, with 3-minute citizen comments going late into the night. A procedural rule requiring every other speaker to be pro and then con made it appear that there was an equal amount of support on both sides of the issue. In fact, the City Planning Department's own records showed that in January 2021 alone, there were 6,612 written comments received against the GLA and 581 in support, a 92% to 8% gap. That overwhelmingly negative public response was repeatedly dismissed by City officials as based on "misinformation" about the 200-page text of the GLA. 
 
This kind of smug, "we know better than you" attitude was consistent throughout the process. I cannot say anything nice about our City government this morning, so I won't say anything at all. However, I will say that the GLA is an attack on Denver's unique character as a big city dominated by comfortable and secure single-family residential neighborhoods. In my own "misinformed" view, the GLA is trying to drag us down to the level of other, lesser cities. 
 
Therefore, we will be proceeding to protect Southmoor Park East from the GLA to the maximum extent possible under the law. You will be hearing much more about amendments to our SPEHA covenants to insulate ourselves and our neighborhood. While I believe we can do so with some effort by all of us, I am admittedly concerned about other Denver neighborhoods that do not currently have the same options. Perhaps we can lead those other neighborhoods by example. 
 
We have a SPEHA Board meeting this Wednesday, February 10, at 7 pm. While we will cover a wide range of neighborhood issues, we will start out with a discussion of the rollout of our planned Covenant amendments to mitigate the effect of the GLA's passage. If you wish to attend this Zoom meeting, there is a link on our newly redesigned website, www.speha.org. While you are there, please register yourself on the website to make sure we have up-to-date contact information for you, and please encourage your neighbors to do so too. We will need as much of that information as possible to gather enough signatures for our Covenant amendments. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Lee Terry, SPEHA President