Community Development

The City of Salida is requesting a RFQ from experienced developers or development teams  to develop workforce housing in Salida, CO.

The City of Salida is requesting a Statement of Qualifications and Interest from experienced developers or development teams who have the capacity and expertise to develop workforce housing in Salida, CO.

Specifically, the City would like to engage developers experienced in successfully developing projects with the low income housing tax credit program, especially with expertise in rural communities or in Colorado. The City is targeting new ownership and rental housing for households earning between 40 and 120 percent of the AMI.

There are immediate gaps in housing availability throughout this income spectrum. With this in mind, the City anticipates that qualified developers will provide a mix of tax-credit and market rate affordable options.
Once selected, and the developer has an option agreement, the qualified development team will be asked to provide a formal market study to support the final number of units proposed.

The Vandaveer Ranch includes 191.6 acres of land on the southern side of town, of which 10-20 acres would be available for development. The City has determined that this property is desirable and suitable to create a workforce housing neighborhood. It is the intent of the City to partner with a private developer to design and build a high-quality workforce housing neighborhood on the Vandaveer Ranch parcel that has a memorable character and sense of place compatible with the City of Salida, and provides quality and sustainable affordable housing.

The full RFQ can be found at the following link.  RFQI- Vandaveer Ranch

Land Use Code

Below are links to the Re-enacted Land Use Code. Printed copies of the code are also available for the Public’s review at the Library or City Hall.

Planning Commission memo

Land Use Code – Effective 6.7.14

Individual Articles below:

Article I General Provisions

Article II Administration and Enforcement

Article III Application and Review Procedures

Article IV Zoning

Article V Zoning Overlays

Article VI Subdivision

Article VII Planned Developments

Article VIII Design Standards

Article IX Annexation

Article X Sign Standards

Article XI Flood Control

Article XII Historic Preservation

2012 Community Survey Results

About the Department

The Community Development department provides a complete range of planning and building services to the community to help preserve, protect and enhance Salida’s unique small-town residential and commercial character. Our goal is to assist individuals as well as developers through both the planning and building process from concept to construction.

The Community Development department maintains the City’s land use code and zoning map, and provides support to the Planning Commission, the Salida Regional Planning Commission, the Board of Appeals, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Board of Adjustments. We process a variety of current planning applications from building permits to major subdivisions and annexations.

FIBAr Hooligan Race 2009

2009 Hooligan Race participants poke fun at Salida. Photo credit: Kevin Hoffman

The Community Development department also facilitates long-range planning including creating and updating various plans such as the Comprehensive Plan, Highway Corridor Improvement Plan, Downtown Improvement Plan and Preservation Plan for the community. The City contracts with the Chaffee County Building Department to review and issue building permits within City limits.

The department strives to ensure quality growth and development that promotes the values and goals of the community.

Building Permits

Complete – Residential Building Permit Application

Complete-Commercial Building Permit Application
For more information on Building Permits please go to the Building & Construction page.

Zoning & Land Use

To find the zoning for a property or to find out more about what uses are allowed in different locations of the City please go to the Zoning & Land Use page.

Long Range Planning

Visit the Long Range Planning page to learn more about efforts, plans and reports that have been prepared on a variety of planning topics.