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The Planning and Zoning Commission is an organization established to assist residents to comply with ordinances associated with the development process in Walsenburg, CO.
The overall mission of the Planning & Zoning Commission is to improve the safety, quality of life, and environment for the present and future generations. We will accomplish this mission by ethically and without prejudice, assisting our residents in understanding and complying with the ordinances and dealing with the environmental and development process in Walsenburg.
The Walsenburg Planning & Zoning Commission meets in Regular Session on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00pm. They may meet in Special Session at other times throughout the year and generally holds a second meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6pm.
The Walsenburg Planning and Zoning Commission is governed by Ordinance No. 1119 with the membership and terms of office defined as follows.
The principle duty of the Planning Commission is the creation and maintenance of the municipal master plan. see CRS 31-23-206
In Walsenburg the Planning Commission also acts as the Zoning Board of Adjustment. see CRS 31-23-307
The Walsenburg Planning Commission was originally created in 1960 through Ordinance No. 532 under the authority granted by Article 59 Chapter 139 Sections 1-24 of the 1953 Colorado Statutes.
The state law allows certain local modifications may be made by ordinance and the City has done so in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018.
Colorado law has subsequently changed and Planning Commissions are currently authorized by Title 31 Article 24 Section 202 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
Title 31 Article 23 Part 2 - Municipal Planning Commissions
In 2010 City Attorney Dan Hyatt outlined how the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment works in 2 emails which are attached to Ordinance No. 532
Ordinance No. 532Ordinance No. 997Ordinance No. 1037Ordinance No. 1066Ordinance No. 1119
Comprehensive PlanThree Mile PlanStrategic Plan
WALSENBURG ANNEXATION ORDINANCE (Chapter 15 provides guidance but has not yet been legally adopted)
WALSENBURG SIGN ORDINANCE
WALSENBURG SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE
WALSENBURG ZONING ORDINANCE (Chapter 16 provides guidance but has not yet been legally adopted)
"TINY HOMES" ORDINANCE 1094
NUISANCE ORDINANCE 1022
Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for the latest copy of current ordinances.
DOLA - Community Development and Planning
Comprehensive Plan: A Road Map to Community Development
APA Comprehensive Plan Standards