2040 Comprehensive Master Plan Update

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 The 2040 CMP final review, public comments, and adoption by the Planning Commissioner occurred on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6 p.m.  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will hear this item at a public hearing at a later date.  The final draft of the 2040 CMP is available for your review.

The Planning Commission and Douglas County staff updated the 2035 Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) and are preparing to adopt the 2040 CMP.  The 2035 CMP was reviewed and updated to reflect the changing needs and desires of the community.  This effort included an extensive public outreach component in which the public was invited and encouraged to attend meetings regarding different topics.  Input provided from the public was incorporated into the 2040 CMP.  A Referral Draft document was created that incorporated the community values from public meetings held in 2018.  The final draft 2040 CMP will be presented to the Planning Commission for adoption.

Estimated Timeline for 2018-2019:

  • February 5, 2018 – 2040 CMP Kick-Off event with the Planning Commission – Completed
  • March and April 2018 – Public outreach meetings – Completed
  • April to June 2018 – Synthesis of public comments and prepare Draft CMP – Completed
  • May to August 2018 – Synthesis of public comments, Planning Commission work sessions and draft CMP preparation – Completed
  • September 2018 to February 2019 – Draft CMP preparation – Completed
  • March to April 2019 – Draft CMP available for public and referral agency comments – Completed
  • April to May 2019 – Finalize the CMP and prepare to present to the Planning Commission – Completed
  • June 2019 – Share the 2040 CMP with the Planning Commission, receive input, revise and present for adoption – In Progress

How can I get involved?

Interested persons may attend and provide comments at the 2040 CMP Planning Commission hearing on Monday, August 5, 2019, as referenced above.

Background Information 

What is the Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP)?

The CMP serves as the foundation for future growth and development throughout the county. It is intended to provide decision makers with guidance on how to implement, maintain and improve identified community values.

In the State of Colorado, it is the duty of the County Planning Commission to draft and adopt a CMP for the unincorporated territory of the county, pursuant to C.R.S. 30-28-106(1). 

Why is this document updated?

This important document is updated approximately every 10 years to ensure it reflects the changing needs and desires of the community. This includes revisions to the goals, objectives, policies and maps.

While approval criteria for various land-use applications require a finding of compliance with the CMP, the competing values of the CMP must be balanced through the public review process to achieve the larger vision of the community. Decision makers use the goals of the CMP to ensure proposals and programs meet public desires and expectations.

The public plays a key role in implementing the CMP by providing input to Douglas County staff through the development review process. The County continually strives to improve participation by utilizing the latest technologies and techniques in distributing information to, and soliciting feedback from, the public about development review and other County activities.