Plan Updates

Focusing on Water Policies in the Comprehensive Master Plan

In 2018, Jefferson County Planning & Zoning heard from the community that the water policies in the Comprehensive Master Plan (PDF) should be the next focus of updates. In the summer of 2019, staff began researching ways to better link water and land use planning in our policies. Staff held 3 public meetings in December and released two drafts for review, in January and in March. Since March, staff has developed a final draft of the water policies and has scheduled a public hearing.

On December 9, 2020, the Jefferson County Planning Commission reviewed the proposed changes related to Water goals and policies during a public hearing. They made some additional changes to the proposed text and then adopted the revised Comprehensive Master Plan. A red-marked print of the revised Comprehensive Master Plan is available until the final formatting changes are complete.

Hearing Documents

Below are the documents that were reviewed by the Planning Commission at their hearing on December 9, 2020.

Comprehensive Master Plan Water Policy changes – This document shows the entire Comprehensive Master Plan and staff’s proposed red-marked changes from the currently adopted Plan. To see just the changes from Draft 2 to Draft 3, please contact the Plan Update staff.

Land Uses with Water Estimates Table – Staff has been working with agency partners to develop a table showing estimated water use for a variety of land uses. This table is based on a variety of resources and can be updated as more information becomes available. As a supplement, there is a Water Estimates Reference document that has more water estimate information. 

Comment Log – This document shows comments received on Draft 2 of the Water policies and how staff addressed those comments. 

Draft 2 Documents

Comment Log 

Proposed Policies:

Proposed Changes:

Draft 1 Proposed Policies

The presentation and handouts from the December meetings about the Water Policies are below:

Meeting Documents

The presentation and handouts from the December meetings about the Water Policies are below:

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Gutherless, Brittany Gada or Todd Hager, Jefferson County Planning and Zoning, 303-271-8700.

December Meeting Notes

Conifer Meeting – Thursday, December 5, 2019

Golden Meeting – Saturday, December 7, 2019

Evergreen Meeting – Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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