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Green Mountain Falls Planning & Land Use serves the community by providing technical guidance on all aspects of zoning, building, development, and preservation. Through public outreach events and monthly advisory board meetings, the community proactively determines how land will be developed or conserved.
Town Hall staff is available to assist applicants through every step of the building and land use approval process and advocates development that protects the public health and safety while safeguarding the natural environment. This is done primarily by enforcing the laws codified in GMF Land Use Code §16, Zoning, §17, Subdivision, §18, Building Regulations.
The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission is a five-member advisory body appointed by the Board of Trustees. Information about an upcoming Planning Commission public meeting is available here.
GMF Planning & Land Use is also responsible for developing relevant policy and regulations, as directed by the Board of Trustees.
Town of Green Mountain Falls
Department of Land Use Planning
10615 Green Mountain Falls Road
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819
719-684-9414, Option 2
Office Hours by Appointment
Tuesday 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
Request Appointment Here
The 2020 Land Use Approval process was created to give applicants greater autonomy in preparing and submitting an application for review.
Depending on the type and size of construction, an applicant may need GMF Land Use Approval a Pikes Peak Regional Development (PPRBD) building permit, or both. Early consultation is the easiest way to avoid delays and establish reasonable expectations between agencies and a landowner.
GMF does not issue Building Permits. See Chapter 18, Building Regulations for more information. The Town has an Inter-Governmental Agreement with PPRBD for building services.
Some examples of projects requiring GMF Land Use Approval:
A building permit is NOT required from PPRBD: decks not exceeding 200 square feet, less than 30” above grade at the highest point, detatched from the dwelling, and not serving the main entry door are exempt from permitting (RBD Deck Handout).
If you have concerns about whether an action is taking place on your property, the best solution is to talk to the person. Many times, a decades-old understanding between neighbors can be disrupted when there is a change in ownership or occupancy. Civility is key, since each party may be working with different information and both may be incorrect!
Unfortunately, Town employees are unable to get involved in civil disputes. A little research can save a lot of grief. Talk to your neighbors about professional surveys conducted and boundary monuments that have been placed. Use the resources available, including the County Assessor’s website and staff (El Paso County Assessor and Teller County Assessor). If an issue remains unresolved, one or both landowners may want to consult a licensed professional surveyor.
To report an ongoing, unresolved issue of contention, please contact Town Hall for a list of resources and solutions you may pursue.
If you witness activity that you believe may threaten life or property, please report it immediately to the Town Marshal or El Paso County Dispatch.
Green Mountain Falls creates and updates a long-range planning document to appropriately direct and manage future growth, as required by Colorado Revised Statutes.
Municipalities and counties are authorized to prepare comprehensive plans as a long-range guiding document for a community to achieve its vision and goals. The comprehensive plan provides the policy framework for regulatory tools like zoning, subdivision regulations, annexations, and other policies. A comprehensive plan promotes the community's vision, goals, objectives, and policies, establishes a process for orderly growth and development, addresses both current and long-term needs, and provides for a balance between the natural and built environment. Elements addressed in a comprehensive plan may include recreation and tourism (required by state statutes), transportation, land use, economic development, affordable housing, environment, parks and open space, natural and cultural resources, hazards, capital improvements, water supply and conservation, efficiency in government, sustainability, energy, and urban design. More information is available Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Comprehensive Plan Site.
The most recent plan update, Plan GMF, hosted outreach events at various local venues throughout 2018 and 2019. The first outreach planning charrette and Phase One Information Packet were captured and reported by Logan Simpson, the Plan GMF consulting team.
The final 2019 Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Planning Commission in June 2019 and emphasized the importance of GMF’s character and history while identifying changes in trends and regional systems and listening to community values.
Town of Green Mountain Falls Comprehensive Plan, adopted June 25, 2019
Green Mountain Falls Comprehensive Plan, 2007
Official Town Zoning Map, 2019 Plan GMF Comprehensive Plan
Future Land Use Map, 2019 Plan GMF Comprehensive Plan
Illustrative Land Use Plan, 2019 Plan GMF Comprehensive Plan
Three Mile Plan Map, 2019 Plan GMF Comprehensive Plan
Wildland Fire Threat Map, 2019 Plan GMF Comprehensive Plan
Official Zoning Map, 2007
Planning & Land Use is creating a more efficient user experience by transitioning to a paperless office in January 2020. Electronic, paperless offices are rapidly becoming a standard of success for public and private sectors:
Paper applications are no longer accepted. If you require assistance with an application submittal or in finding a community computer, contact GMF Town Hall.
Thank you for helping GMF Town Hall innovate and serve you better
Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
El Paso County Assessor
Teller County Assessor
El Paso County Department of Health
Ute Pass Historical Society
Sallie Bush Community Center
Pikes Peak Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Utilities
Black Hills Energy
Local Government Land Use Authority in Colorado
Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Community Planning and Development
This page was created as a place for GMF residents to access information on all permitting and approval processes.
If you see room for improvement, we want your feedback!