News and Events

2020 Fees

2020 Permit and Development Fees and Traffic Impact Fees are available now. See the Fees page.

Comprehensive Master Plan Update – Focusing on Water Policies

Planning & Zoning is making updates to the Comprehensive Master Plan, with a focus on water policies. Visit the Comprehensive Master Plan Page to see the results of our recent survey, and see the Plan Updates page to find out more regarding the updates and the meetings that were held in December 2019.

Regulation Amendments

4th Quarter 2019 Regulation Amendments

Planning & Zoning is working on a Regulation Amendment (19-121011AM) pertaining to the Zoning Resolution (ZR), Land Development Regulation (LDR), Transportation Design and Construction Manual (TDCM) and Storm Drainage Design & Technical Criteria (SDDTC). This regulation update is mainly intended to clarify processes and make minor updates to the ZR, LDR, TDCM, and the SDDTC so that they are easier to use and navigate. Some of the proposed amendments that are more substantive in nature include:

  • Modifications to the Vacation of Right of Way requirements
  • Implementation of the Property Merger reversal
  • Modifications to the Pavement Design process

A “Summary of the Proposed 4th Quarter Regulation Updates” outlines all the proposed changes and can be viewed in the folder here: Summary of Updates.

Final Draft and Changes After 1st Referral

Within each LDR, SDDTC, TDCM, and ZR folder linked below there are two folders. One which identifies the changes after the 1st referral and another showing the final draft. View the Final Draft and Changes After 1st Referral Documents.


  • Planning Commission: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm
  • Board of County Commissioners: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

Public Testimony will be taken at these Hearings.  In order for written comments to be included in the Staff packets that are provided to Boards/Commissions, please submit your comments at least one week prior to the scheduled hearing. Please email your comments or questions to us here.

FEMA Preliminary Coal Creek Canyon Floodplain

FEMA has proposed floodplain boundaries around Coal Creek, Beaver Creek, and Rock Creek near the Coal Creek Canyon area in Jefferson County. Postcards for this case (19-121991AR) were sent to residents in that area to provide notification of the proposed floodplain boundaries. Jefferson County will adopt the preliminary floodplain boundaries as part of the Floodplain Overlay District. For more information, including how to check if your property is in the floodplain, please visit the FEMA Preliminary Coal Creek Canyon Floodplain Page.

Online Applications

Minor Adjustments can now be applied for through the County’s online application system similar to Grading Permits, Floodplain Permits and Pre-Application submittals. It is recommended that this system be used for Minor Adjustment Applications. See the Online Applications page.

Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan data available through online mapping application “jMap”

Before the Jefferson County Comprehensive Master Plan was adopted in October of 2013, the over 500,000 sprawling acres of the unincorporated county were divided into nine separate Community Plans. Each Community Plan was unique to its specific diverse region, from the North Mountains to the South Plains. These plans were available online and in printed form and were updated periodically.

Each plan had a host of static maps including specific Land Use Recommendations. When a citizen would inquire about an individual parcel and its associated recommended land use, they would have to contact Planning and Zoning staff or find a static map and deduce which plan recommendation their parcel was within.

During the drafting of the Comprehensive Master Plan, Planning and Zoning staff saw an incredible opportunity to utilize available technology and create a spatial inventory of Comprehensive Master Plan data. This data would be available anytime to the general public as well as utilized to support and benefit day to day planning functions within the division through the jMap Online Mapping application.

Merging spatial data from nine separate and unique Community Plans proved to be a daunting task and took many staff members over a year to construct a working layer. The layer gives the same citizen noted above the ability to open a website on their computer or any mobile device and in a matter of a few clicks, they will be able to find information about plan recommendations and other informative spatial data. Staff continues to work on this layer to make it even more user friendly in the months to come.