Planning Department

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID- 19 virus, all La Plata County buildings are sharply reducing public access.
The Planning Department will be closed to the public and available by appointment via phone at 970-382-6263 or email
CLICK HERE for more information.

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: 

Registered District Advisory Committee (RDAC) Application
RDACs were codified when the new Land Use Code was adopted and became effective on October 1. This December is your first opportunity to apply! Click here to apply. For more detailed information about the role of an RDAC and how to form one, see the LUC Sec. 63-6

November Newsletter/Past Newsletters

We have a new Land Use Code!

This new code, written by La Plata County Staff, incorporates the community input and policy guidance received throughout the land use code revision process. Countless hours were spent drafting this code using tools that include community outreach through general community workshops, topic focused workshops, and work sessions with the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. Staff received feedback on draft versions of the Land Use Code through multiple mechanisms. The community input has been valuable and much appreciated. This Land Use Code was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners under Resolution 2020-30 on September 15, 2020. We are proud to present the final Revised Land Use Code which was effective on October 1, 2020.  

Revised Land Use Code (Effective October 1, 2020)

Find current Planning Projects in the County

Project Locator


Begin the Land Use application process:

Please click here to see the detailed planning and review process. The first step in initiating a land use application is to evaluate the feasibility of a project. To assist with this, please complete the Project Information 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.