Below is a variety of information on the various planning processes. Scroll down to learn more about each specific planning process.
- Animal Information Packet
Learn about the number and types of animals that are allowed on a specific property based on its zoning and acreage.
Appeals Information Packet
A person may apply for an appeal, in writing, and submit to the Planning Services Division within 30 days of an administrative decision.
Day Care Information Packet
Different regulations may apply to day care in the home or in a commercial center depending on the zoning of a property.
Development Review Fees and Land use Application
Home Occupations Information Packet
Home occupations are defined and explained in terms of zoning district and necessary permits.
Location and Extent Information Packet
A Location and Extent application must be submitted prior to construction of a public facility.
Planned Development Information Packet
The Planned Development process is necessary for anyone who wishes to utilize property and finds that the existing zoning may not allow the mix of uses desired in the development.
- Presubmittal Review Request
A pre-submittal review meeting is required before submitting an application. This meeting involves a preliminary review by planning, engineering, and building staff to identify the correct development review process and any potential issues that may arise during the application review. The pre-submittal review is free and does not require formal exhibits.
- Public Meetings and Hearings Information Packet
This packet informs applicants and the public about the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment public hearing processes.
- Rezoning Information Packet
The rezoning process is necessary for anyone wishing to change the zone district designation of property.
Site Improvement Plan (SIP) Information Packet
A SIP process is required for any use, or change in use, for any multi-family dwelling; mobile home park; business, commercial or industrial development; any use by special review; library; utility major facility; utility service facility; cell site; or for similar uses contained within a Planned Development, including single-family attached dwellings.
All signs must adhere to the Douglas County Zoning Resolution. Please contact 303-660-7460 to discuss the sign you are proposing.
- Subdivision Process Information Packets
- Preliminary Plan
The preliminary plan process is required for anyone proposing to subdivide land into 10 or more lots.
- Final Plat
A final plat is required when a proposed subdivision is going through the standard two-step subdivision process.
- Combined Preliminary Plat and Final Plat
The combined preliminary and final plat process was repealed from the Subdivision Resolution on October 13, 2015. At an applicant’s request, this process may continue to be used for projects with an approved sketch plan in place. However, the process may no longer be used after October 13, 2018.
- Minor Development
The minor development process is for anyone proposing to subdivide land into four or fewer single-family residential lots.
The replat process is intended for anyone proposing to add lots, tracts or easements to previously platted land, or to otherwise modify the original subdivision.
- Lot Line or Easement Adjustment
The lot line or easement adjustment process is necessary for anyone proposing to replat several lots, tracts or easements without creating additional lots and without substantially modifying the original subdivision.
- Lot Line or Easement Vacation
The lot line or easement vacation process is necessary for anyone proposing to remove a lot line, tract line, or easement on their property. In order to vacate a lot line there cannot be an increase in the number of lots.
- Building Envelope Adjustment
Building envelopes are placed on certain lots and plats for a reason, such as to protect the natural terrain, drainage, riparian areas, and vegetation. The building envelope adjustment process is necessary for anyone proposing to adjust the location or configuration of a building envelope located on their lot.
- Preliminary Plan
- Use by Special Review
The Douglas County Zoning Resolution specifies uses within each zone district that are subject to the Use by Special Review process. These uses are also listed in Section 2107 of the Zoning Resolution.
- Variance Information Packet
A regulatory or administrative variance is for anyone requesting relief from certain provisions of the Douglas County Zoning Resolution.
- Water Supply Standards Information Packet
Anyone undertaking any of the following processes is required to adhere to the water supply standard regulations: planned development, rezoning, use by special review, sketch plan, preliminary plan, final plat, minor development, building permits, special district service plan applications, and certain site improvement plans. If there are any overlapping or conflicting requirements among processes, the most restrictive provisions will apply.