Master Street Plan

Master Street Plan Overview

The Master Street Plan is a part of the City of Cortez Comprehensive Plan.  The plan provides a long range look at where and how the city may grow and provides a "road map" for future growth.  City staff is working on updating the Master Street Plan, which was last updated in 1999.  

What is the Master Street Plan?

The Master Street Plan is a tool for the City of Cortez and Montezuma County that proposes future street alignments.  The plan is also a guide for citizens to understand where future street infrastructure is proposed.  For example, when a subdivision is proposed, the plan provides guidance to the developer and the local governments to ensure that the street connections can be accommodated. Anticipating the need for additional road alignments and road capacity will better accommodate future commercial and residential land development by ensuring there is adequate connectivity and the ability to install the necessary road sizes for future traffic needs.  

Draft Master Street Plan

Master Streets Plan_44x44 Draft_v5(1)

How is the Master Street Plan Used?

The Master Street Plan is used to identify locations where there is a need for street connectivity.  When development is proposed, the plan provides guidance to the developer and the local governments to ensure that the street connections can be accommodated.  The Master Street Plan is part of the City of Cortez Comprehensive Plan.  It provides a long range look at where and how the city may grow and provides a "road map" for future growth.

The Master Street Plan is NOT:

  • A plan to annex land
  • A capital improvements plan

For more information, please explore the tabs below.  If you'd like to comment on the draft Master Streets Plan and receive email notices related to the plan and future meetings, please click here.  

Quick Links

  1. What Does the MSP Do?
  2. MSP Authority
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Street Classification
  5. Maps
  6. How Can I Participate?

What the Master Street Plan Does:

  • Provides a vision of the street network for the future.
  • Helps coordinate street connectivity
  • Provides a tool for developers and citizens to assist in identifying street connections
  • Provides a tool for the city and county to use when development occurs to identify necessary street connections to serve the community into the future
  • Helps the community plan for growth
  • Is advisory--can be adjusted as development actually happens
  • What the Master Street Plan Does NOT Do:

  • "Condemn" or "take" private property
  • It is not a transportation plan
  • It is not intended to solve all transportation problems and issues.
  • Require the City or the County to improve a proposed street
  • Set in stone the exact location and alignment of a street--it is not intended to define the exact street alignments