Planning Commission


(Both Planning Commission & Historic Review Committee)
Ken Safranski, Chairman
Beverly Rich
Melissa Childs
Austin Lashley
Jess Wegert
Pete McKay
Jim Weller


Planning Commission and Historic Review Committee

The Planning Commission is a statutorily authorized board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, that prepares and adopts the county master plan.  The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations concerning development applications within the county. ​Changes to the Land Use Code were approved on March 8, 2017 by the San Juan County Board of Commissioners.​

Historic Development Review

When changes are sought on historic structures or sites, it triggers a review for historic resources. This step is designed to help preserve Silverton's and San Juan County's historic character, allow citizens to comment on changes, and for owners of eligible properties to hear about available financial incentives.

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance.  San Juan County, through its shared railroad and mining past is dotted with sites and structures that tell the story of early settlement and landmark innovation.


Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm held in the County Courthouse, unless posted otherwise.

National Historic Landmark

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. 

Of the 22 in Colorado, San Juan County is home to 3, the Silverton Historic District, Shenandoah Dives (Mayflower) Mill, and the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Lisa Adair
Silverton/San Juan County, Colorado
970-387-5522 X6