Housing Cost and Availability in Centennial


The City of Centennial has launched a Housing Study to explore housing costs and availability in Centennial and to understand the entire spectrum of housing issues, define various needs for housing and identify priorities to potentially inform policy.

This study is a major undertaking that prioritizes community input and collaboration among a wide range of community stakeholders. It is anticipated to take one-year to complete this study. This work funded in part by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Policy Drafting Process

In January 2023, City Council directed Staff to develop four policies and land development code updates for consideration (Accessory Dwelling Units, Expedited Review, Inclusionary Zoning and Land Banking). This drafting process begins with a 30% “outline” draft, which identifies the major topics to be considered and incorporated in the final draft. Discussions with elected and appointed officials, service providers and cities that have adopted similar policies will progress the drafts to the 75% “rough” draft stage.

The 75% “rough” drafts will provide recommendations for many of the alternatives highlighted in the 30% “outline” drafts; however, some policy questions and tradeoffs may remain for discussion. Feedback from residents, housing developers, real estate agents, utility providers and other stakeholders will advance the drafts to the 95% “final” draft stage.

Accessory Dwelling Unit 75% 'rough' draft can be found here.

The 95% “final” draft will be presented to City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, along with a summary of feedback received, for any final modifications before formal consideration. For ease of discussion, the four strategies under development have been split into two batches. 

What's Next?

The next steps are as follows:

May - City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission discuss Batch 2, which includes Inclusionary Zoning and Land Banking followed by public outreach for both batches.

June - Public feedback compiled.

Policy Drafts

The policy drafts are intended to outline the key questions and considerations that will need to be incorporated as the policy or Land Development Code updates move toward finalization. For each strategy, the document includes drafting considerations and recommendations, an assessment of where edits would be made to Centennial’s codes and big picture questions that must be resolved. The 95% “final” draft will be posted here as it becomes available. 

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit 75% 'rough' draft can be found here.

Please email any comments about the Accessory Dwelling Unit to housing@centennialco.gov.

Public Comments and Feedback

Thank you for your input and feedback during phase two of outreach. Phase two outreach concluded on November 3, 2022.  

Past Housing Presentations

Who's Involved?

In addition to open public outreach, four formal groups/types of groups will be convened over the next year to help guide the Housing Study process. Learn about who's involved and more here.

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting:

  • Listen to the April 26, 2023 meeting here.
  • Listen to the March 22, 2023 presentation here.
  • Listen to the December 14, 2022, discussion on strategies, meeting here.

Past Housing Council Presentations:

  • View the April 18, 2023, Centennial City Council meeting here.
  • View the March 21, 2023 agenda packet hereNote: Housing was removed from the agenda to allow extended public comment on other projects. Housing materials are available in the Agenda Packet. The presentation would have been the same as the Planning and Zoning Commission presentation held on March 22, 2023.
  • View January 17, 2023 presentation here(PDF, 3MB).
  • View November 14, 2022 presentation here(PDF, 2MB).
  • View August 17, 2022 presentation here(PDF, 2MB).
  • View July 11, 2022 presentation here(PDF, 2MB).
  • View June 6, 2022 presentation here(PDF, 3MB).

Past Housing Working Group Presentations:

Past Housing Workshop Presentations:

October 4, 2022 Workshop:

August 9, 2022 Workshop: 

May 17, 2022 Workshop: 

2021 Housing Research Efforts

City Council heard from a variety of local housing experts from across the Metro Denver Region. The following are some of the takeaways found here(PDF, 130KB).

South Metro Denver Housing Tour: Exploration through the South Metro Denver area of a variety of housing types and price points.

2022 Housing Research Efforts

Housing Needs Assessment

The Housing Needs Assessment has been completed. If you wish to provide feedback on the Housing Needs Assessment, please email it to housing@centennialco.gov

Community Housing Strategies Summary Report 

The Community Housing Strategies Summary Report serves as a summary of all work undertaken through the Housing Study and Policy Development Project in 2022. This report is a reference for the public to describe the research completed to date and a guide for the City if Council wishes to pick up exploration of any strategy at a future date.

View the Community Housing Strategies Summary Report here(PDF, 4MB).