Planning Department

The Community Development Building at 211 Rock Point Drive is now open to the public! Come on in and see us. 
You are, as always, welcome to give us a call at (970)382-6263 x3
or email your questions to planning@co.laplata.co.us.

Due to a staffing shortage and increased number of permit applications, processing time for projects has significantly increased.  We are working to address this as best we can and appreciate your patience.

What we do:
The Mission of the Planning Department is to provide land use, resource management, and development opportunities to residents, landowners, and businesses to support a prosperous, vibrant, and beautiful community. 

  • Provide information to the public,
  • Explain regulations regarding land use possibilities in the county,
  • Process land development requests per the County Code,
  • Advise decision-makers regarding land use, growth, and development issues in our community, and
  • Combine current planning and long-range planning to best serve the public interest while allowing growth to occur.
What's new: 
As one part of the metrics for review of the adopted 2020 Land Use Code, a survey was conducted by an outside consultant, New Bridge Strategies, for La Plata County.  The survey queried 128 applicants who received land use permits, approved from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, with questions on the Land Use Code and Planning Department customer service. The survey generated 25 responses, which can be found below.

La Plata County Planning Department Applicant Survey

May Community Development Department Update

Wildfire Hazard Maps
Click here for maps specific to conditions in La Plata County. Maps include information about the wildfire hazard or likelihood of spread and intensity of a wildfire, and the mitigation difficulty uses life form (grass, shrub), slope and crown fire potential to classify the difficulty of completing mitigation for defensible space. Data for these maps was contributed by many federal, state and local agencies as well as private partners and public contributors.


Find current Planning Projects in the County

Project Locator

Begin the Land Use application process:

Due to a staffing shortage and increased number of permit applications, processing time for projects has significantly increased.  We are working to address this as best we can and appreciate your patience.

The first step in initiating a land use application is to evaluate the feasibility of a project proposal. To assist with this, please complete the Feasibility Evaluation Form (Please have a site plan ready for upload before beginning the online form). For instructions for creating a site plan please visit the Feasibility Evaluation information page.