Planning Department

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID- 19 virus, all La Plata County buildings are reducing public access.
The Planning Department will be open to the public by appointment only. Please call 970-382-6263 or email planning@co.laplata.co.us to schedule an appointment. 
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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: 
September Newsletter

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.

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:

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.