Land Use Code UPDATE

Final Draft Land Use Code-August 16, 2019

The final draft City of Cortez Land Use Code is available for public review.  The City of Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding a recommendation of the proposed Land Use Code to City Council on September 3, 2019.  Copies of the land use code are available at City Hall (123 Roger Smith Ave.), Cortez Library (202 N. Park St.), and at the Public Works Service Center (110 W. Progress Circle).    

The Planning and Building Department is accepting comments on the proposed code.  Comments can be submitted in writing to City Hall, or by phone (970-565-3402), or via email: or . 

Further information concerning this matter can be obtained by contacting the Planning and Building Department at City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO, 81321 or by calling 970-565-3402. 

The final draft Land Use Code is available here.  


Land Use Code Update August 7, 2019

Update:  The Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission received a complete revised draft of the Land Use Code on August 6, 2019.  This final draft, red-lined version is available for review here.  



The City of Cortez has been working on a new Land Use Code draft.  A complete version of the proposed new Land Use Code is available below.  

The City is hosting a series of meetings to inform stakeholders on where we are at in the process of updating our city's Land Use Code, to present information on the New Code, and receive public input.  Please join us at one of the following meetings:

  • Monday, February 11, 2019, 5:30-7:00 PM City Hall
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, NOON at the Cortez Welcome Center
  •  Wednesday February 20, 2019 5:30-7:00 PM City Hall

Light refreshments will be available. 


Progress Update November 21, 2018

UPDATE:  The Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission received a complete revised draft Land Use Code on October 29, 2018.  This draft includes revised versions of modules one and two (previously released to the public), and module three, consisting of Chapters 7-12. A work session with the Planning Commission was held on November 14th 2018 to discuss the draft code and next steps.  The Commission will hold a second work session on December 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM, before their regularly scheduled meeting.  The draft land use code can be viewed by following the link at the bottom of the page.  This is still a draft under review.  Additional updates will be posted as we move forward with review and possible adoption of a new Land Use Code. 

The revised draft can be found here.  


Update April 13, 2016

UPDATE: The City of Cortez is midway through the draft version of the new Land Use Code. The City is in receipt of the second module of the draft code, including chapters 4-6. This module includes chapters on accessory uses and structures, land subdivision standards, and environmental management.

We are hosting a series of meetings to inform stakeholders on where we are in the process of updating our city's Land Use Code in general, and to discuss the contents of the second module.

Meeting Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016. 2:30-4:00pm at City Hall, 210 East Main in the Council Meeting Room

The City Council will be holding a work session to discuss the update on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM, and the Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM. Both work sessions will be held at City Hall, 210 East Main St.

See below for links to the Land Use Code Modules 1 and 2.


March 28, 2016

The City of Cortez Land Use Code Update is currently underway. In an effort to identify thoughts and concerns about Land Use and Development in the City, Staff and the consultants have interviewed key stakeholders from the public and the City’s appointed and elected officials. Also, the City held two work sessions with the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council to review and discuss the comments that were provided during the key stakeholder interviews and to go over the proposed strategic approach for the updated Land Use Code.

A Citizens Advisory Committee made up of various representatives from the community, including land use and development professionals, property owners, contractors, and public interest groups, has been convened to review and comment on proposed code drafts throughout the process. This group met with the Land Use Code Consultants last fall to discuss the strategic approach. The City and consultants met again with the Citizens Advisory Committee on February 29, 2016 to review Module One of the proposed Land Use Code. View a copy of the presentation.

The code will be reviewed in three modules. Module One has been drafted and is being reviewed by the City. Module One consists of Chapters One, Two, and Three of the proposed Land Use Code. Next, Module Two will be presented to the City and is tentatively scheduled for discussion with City officials in late April 2016.

Annotated Outline

Module One of the Land Use Code, including drafts of Chapter One: Authority Purpose, Jurisdiction, and Application; Chapter Two: Zoning Districts and Land Uses; and Chapter Three: Development and Design Standards.

Module One Definitions

Module Two includes drafts of Chapters 4: Accessory Use and Structures; Chapter 5: Land Subdivision Standards; and Chapter 6: Environmental Management.