Community Development

2012 Community Survey Results

Land Use Code Update
Over the past year, the Planning Commission has been working on updates to the land use code. A public hearing is scheduled with the Planning Commission on August 27th at 6pm in Council Chambers for the updated land use code. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The intent of the code update is to create expedited review procedures for applicants, to bring the current code up to date with state statue, and to condense relative code sections together. The goal is to make the review procedures and standards transparent and easy to follow. This code rewrite does not change entitlements in the zoning regulations such as lot sizes, setbacks, building heights, etc. Rather is creates new expedited review procedures for land use applications.

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

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.