Community Development

The Community Development Department provides planning, zoning, code compliance and building services to the community. These services are intended to guide development within the community to ensure safety, prosperity and the protection of our natural resources.

Planning services are provided within the entire Estes Valley, using the Estes Valley Development Code as the governing document. Building services are provided within Town limits, governed by the 2009 IBC plus local amendments.

Our goal is to provide excellent customer service in a timely manner. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have ideas for improvement or additional guide topics. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

What services do we provide?

About Us: Staff Directory, Core Values, and Customer Bill of Rights.

Addressing: Enhance public safety through the easy and rapid location of properties by law enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency medical personnel within the Town of Estes Park.

Board and Commissions: To review or recommend development proposals within the Valley.  All Boards and Commissions are comprised of citizen volunteers.

Building Safety and Permitting:  Promote a safe built environment to minimize loss of life and injury to the general public and emergency responders, and to reduce property damage and destruction.

Code Compliance: Eliminate nuisances detrimental to the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the citizens —on private property within the Estes Valley — such as waste accumulation, unsanitary conditions, and noxious weeds.

Community Planning: Create more convenient, equitable, healthy, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Articulate a desired future for the Estes Valley to inform decision-making today.

Floodplain Management: Protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by (1) ensuring the signage is safe and (2) is compatible with the adjacent land uses and the total visual environment of the Estes Valley.

Forms and References: Your one-stop shop for planning applications.  Find out which forms you'll need for your proposed development, download a comprehensive Development Application Packet and related forms, review the associated fees.

Planning and Zoning: Provide for the coordinated and harmonious development of the Estes Valley, which will, in accordance with present and future needs, best promote health, safety, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare, as well as efficiency and economy.  This section also includes development applications currently under review.

Signs: Ensure compliance with adopted sign code. Services include permitting and review of sign code variance applications

"Community Development is a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with its active participation and fullest possible reliance upon the community’s initiative.” (quoted in Head, 1979:101)