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Land Use Codes

A land use code is a planning implementation tool.  The land use code can include zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, annexation policy, oil and gas regulations, impact fees, public hearing processes, fence and sign permitting, and more.  For example, a land use code may prescribe how tall a single-family home can be, the density of a planned community, the minimum parking requirements for a retail complex, or the allowed uses within a commercial building. 


Model Land Use Codes

 

The Community Development Office has helped fund the development of several model codes and ordinances over the years through its Colorado Heritage Planning Grant program.  The Model Land Use Codes are not intended to prescribe local land use planning efforts but rather reduce the time spent researching in order to allow local governments to spend more time tailoring your codes to meet your community's vision, goals, and objectives.

 

There are two model land use codes, one for municipalities (2002) and one for counties (2008).  They are both likely most useful for Colorado's smaller to medium-sized communities.  These models are intended to be used as a template rather than an "adopt as-is" code.  The model codes are most effective when communities calibrate the template to consider the local perspective and unique issues concerning their physical, social, and economic circumstances.  We hope these models result in significant time and cost savings for your community. 

 

The Model Land Use Codes are available for free download below.  If you prefer, we will send you a compact disc with both Word(doc) and Adobe(pdf) format.  The CDs are free for Colorado counties and municipalities, and $25.00 for others.  Please contact Anne Miller if you have any questions or to request a CD.

 

 

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County Model Land Use Code Municipal Model Land Use Code

 

 

  

Entire Document (2.8 MB) Art. 8 Affordable Housing
Cover and Special Thanks Art. 9 Oil and Gas Regulations
Overview and Table of Contents Art. 10 Nonconforming Land Use
Art. 1 General Administration Art. 11 Signs
Art. 2 Land Use Change Permit Art. 12 Enforcement, Violations, and Penalties
Art. 3 Zoning Art. 13 Financial Guarantee
Art. 4 Permit App. & Review Procedures Art. 14 Areas and Activities of State Interest (1041 regs)
Art. 5 Division of Land Art. 15 Junk, Weeds, Unsafe Structures
Art. 6 Planned Unit Development Art. 16 Definitions
Art. 7 Standards  

 

Disclaimer:  This model code is intended for use as a template to guide the preparation of land use regulations for Colorado counties.  The code meets statutory requirements and has been drafted to be consistent with current land use law at the time of writing.  Local governments should consult with their attorney before adopting any provisions of these codes.

 Entire Document (4.3 MB)  Art. 8 Floodplain Areas
 Art. 1 General Provisions  Art. 9 Oil and Gas Drilling and Production

 Art. 2 Community Design Principles & Development Standards

 Art. 10 RV Parks
 Art. 3 Zoning  Art. 11 Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts
 Art. 4 Subdivision Regulations  Art. 12 Manufactured Home Parks
 Art. 5 Vesting of Property Rights  Art. 13 Annexation
 Art. 6 Enforcement  Appendix (Workbook)
 Art. 7 Sign Regulations  

 

How to Use the Model Land Use Code

Taken from interactive CD.  Please request a copy of the CD from Tareq Wafaie in order to take full advantage of the how-to guide. 

 

Disclaimer:  This model code is intended for use as a template to guide the preparation of land use regulations for Colorado municipalities.  The code meets statutory requirements and has been drafted to be consistent with current land use law at the time of writing.  Local governments should consult with their attorney before adopting any provisions of these codes.

 
Examples From Colorado Communities

 

 

City of Arvada City of Federal Heights Town of Morrison
City of Aspen Town of Firestone Town of Mountain View
City of Aurora City of Florence Town of Mountain Village
Town of Avon City of Fort Collins Town of Mt. Crested Butte
Town of Basalt City of Fort Lupton Town of Nederland
Town of Bayfield

City of Fort Morgan

Town of New Castle
Town of Bennett Town of Foxfield City of Northglenn
Town of Berthoud Town of Fraser Town of Nunn
City of Black Hawk Town of Frederick Town of Ophir
Town of Blue River City of Fruita Town of Orchard City
City of Boulder Town of Georgetown City of Ouray
Town of Bow Mar City of Glenwood Springs Town of Pagosa Springs
Town of Breckenridge City of Golden Town of Palisade
City of Brighton Town of Granby Town of Paonia
City and County of Broomfield City of Grand Junction Town of Parachute
City of Brush Town of Grand Lake Town of Parker
Town of Buena Vista City of Greeley Town of Platteville
City of Burlington City of Greenwood Village Town of Poncha Springs
City of Canon City City of Gunnison City of Pueblo
Town of Carbondale Town of Gypsum Town of Red Cliff
City of Castle Pines Town of Hayden Town of Ridgway
Town of Castle Rock Town of Hotchkiss City of Rifle
Town of Cedaredge Town of Hudson Town of Rockvale
City of Centennial City of Idaho Springs Town of Saguache
Central City Town of Ignacio Town of Severance
City of Cherry Hills Village Town of Johnstown City of Sheridan
Town of Collbran Town of Kersey Town of Silt
City of Colorado Springs City of La Junta Town of Silverthorne
Town of Columbine Valley Town of La Salle Town of Snowmass Village
City of Commerce City Town of La Veta Town of South Fork
City of Cortez City of Lafayette City of Steamboat Springs
City of Craig City of Lakewood City of Sterling
Town of Crested Butte City of Lamar Town of Superior
City of Cripple Creek City of Leadville Town of Swink
City of Dacono Town of Limon Town of Telluride
City of Delta City of Littleton City of Thornton
City and County of Denver Town of Lochbuie Town of Timnath
Town of Dillon City of Lone Tree Town of Vail
Town of Dolores City of Longmont Town of Wellington
City of Durango City of Louisville Town of Westcliffe
Town of Eagle City of Loveland City of Westminster
Town of Eaton Town of Mancos City of Wheat Ridge
City of Edgewater City of Manitou Springs Town of Windsor
Town of Elizabeth Town of Mead Town of Winter Park
City of Englewood Town of Meeker City of Woodland Park
Town of Erie Town of Milliken City of Wray
Town of Estes Park Town of Minturn  
City of Evans City of Montrose  
Town of Fairplay Town of Monument  

 


 

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