Land Use Code Rewrite

The City of Salida is updating and modernizing its current Land Use Code(LUC), which has been updated piecemeal over decades, and has not undergone a comprehensive update since 2012.  The Land Use Code is Chapter 16 of the Salida Municipal Code and includes zoning, design, historic preservation, and sign requirements for the City.  Today, some LUC regulations are overly complex or inflexible, and in some cases, provisions contradict each other.  The LUC will be amended to better align with the City’s 2013 Comprehensive Plan and other key policy documents related to land use and development, such as the recently adopted Future 50 Corridor Plan, and the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan that is currently underway.  The City is working with Clarion Associates, a national land use consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado, on this project that kicked off in early December 2019 with expected adoption of an updated Land Use Code by October 2021.

The LUC Rewrite project is expected to:

  • Reinforce Salida’s character and vision into the future
  • Clarify what is expected of property developers and owners
  • Apply flexible approaches while enhancing development quality
  • Make Development approvals more predictable and transparent
  • Streamline the City resources needed to administer the LUC
  • Establish user-friendly regulations that incorporate best practices and modern zoning principles

As the first step in the code rewrite, the City and Clarion Associates have been seeking feedback on the current Land Use Code from a variety of individuals who use the code regularly or otherwise have interest in its updating. Clarion has thus far conducted a number of stakeholder interviews and an online survey to gauge key issues, challenges and opportunities with the current code. There will continue to be many other opportunities for members of the public to weigh in on the update throughout the process, and those opportunities will be advertised in abundance through this web page, via social media, and other outlets. We look forward to your participation!