Planning Services


 
 

The Morgan County Planning & Zoning Department administers the permits for the unincorporated portion of the County for buildings and structures as well as changes in land use. Zoning Regulations have been adopted in Morgan County to ensure that land within the county is used to its highest potential. The zoning regulations also specify minimum lot sizes, minimum set backs, maximum building heights and maximum lot coverage.

Land Use Applications

A land use application is required for all development in Morgan County. Failure to submit an application prior to beginning work will result in double fees being charged.

Pre-Application Meeting

Any person planning on submitting a land use application shall first schedule a pre-application meeting with the Planning and Zoning Department staff. The pre-application meeting will determine the application required, determination of deadlines and fees.

 

Property taxes must be current prior to any application being processed.

 

Processing Application

Return completed applications to the Planning & Zoning Department. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Referral notices will be sent to utilities companies, irrigation companies, municipalities, government agencies and companies with easements.  Landowners in the vicinity of the proposed project will be notified and provided an opportunity to comment.

 

Permit fees vary based on the project.

Hearings

Variances require one hearing to be held by the Board of Adjustments and may include:

  • Enforcement of regulations
  • Number of residences per parcel
  • Minimum Bulk Requirements (lot area, lot width, setbacks, off street parking requirements)
  • Maximum Requirements (height of structure, fences and lot coverage)
  • Sign setback requirements

All other applications will require two hearings.

  • The first hearing is held by the Planning Commission.
  • The second hearing is held by the Board of County Commissioners and is scheduled following the first hearing.

The Planning Commission meets once a month on the second Monday and the Board of Adjustments meets once a month on the third Monday.

Planning Commission Hearings

Meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Morgan County Administration Building
231 Ensign Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Commissioners' Assembly Room - Floor B
 
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Board of
Adjustments

Meets on the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Morgan County Administration Building
231 Ensign Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Commissioners' Assembly Room - Floor B
 
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Sign posting notification

Sign postings are required for planned developments, special and conditional uses and rezoning. Signage is provided by the Planning and Zoning Department and must be posted on the subject property.

Required documents for recording

The following documents are required for recording approved applications:

  • Resolution - prepared by County
  • Mylar Plat Map - prepared by surveyor (applicant’s responsibility)
  • Certificate - prepared by Planning & Zoning Department
  • Resolution - prepared by Planning & Zoning Department

Closing Application

Once the required documents have been recorded, the application is closed by:

  • Planning & Zoning will send a copy of the recorded document (certificate or resolution) to the applicant
  • The applicant records the deed(s).

Recording a deed does not complete planning processes for development.

Remember: Title to any parcel cannot transfer until all required documents have been recorded in the Morgan County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

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