The Chaffee County Land Use Code includes regulations on zoning, subdivision, roads, uses of private property and areas and activities of state interest (1041 regulations).
All counties in Colorado were required to adopt regulations for subdivision in land in 1972, as a result of SB-35. Zoning Regulations have also been authorized since the early 1970's. Chaffee County first adopted subdivision regulations in 1972, and a zoning resolution in 1974.
Chaffee County now has a searchable zoning map available through the Chaffee County Assessor's website, which can provide information on property zoning, floodplains, and other helpful information. This page is available at Chaffee County Assessor.
On January 7, 2014 the Chaffee County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2014-01 adopting a new Chaffee County Land Use Code, including zoning regulations and subdivision regulations and incorporating the previously adopted Right to Farm and Ranch Ordinance and Special Events Regulations. All ordinances and resolutions in conflict with Ordinance 2014-01 were repealed.
This new Land Use Code will take effect on February 15, 2014.
Article 1 - General Administration
Article 2 - Zoning Updated 12.09.14
Article 3 - Right to Farm and Ranch
Article 4 - Application and Review Procedures Updated 01.22.15
Article 5 - Division of Land Updated 12.09.14
Article 6 - Planned Development
Article 7 - Standards Updated 02.09.16
Article 8 - Signs Updated 01.26.15
Article 15 -Definitions
Chaffee County Zoning Map
Chaffee County Flood Plain Resolution 1987-7
Chaffee County Junk Ordinance 1987-1
The County utilizes the Commercial Land Use Policy to review non-residential land use change applications for consistency with policy goals related to location, limiting strip development and provision of adequate facilities for new development.
The State of Colorado authorized counties to adopt regulations for certain areas and activities of state interest through the adoption of HB-1041 in 1974, where the regulations get their name. The statutes allow counties to regulate a wide range of projects, including siting of new highways and airports, development of water and wastewater treatment systems, and new communities. The regulations are in addition to any zoning or subdivision regulations which may apply to a project.
1041 regulations are not intended to prohibit these projects, but are intended to allow for public review and comment, and to require mitigation for any impacts which may result from the project. Chaffee County first adopted 1041 regulations in 1991 to apply to water and wastewater projects. The regulations were amended in 2003 to add regulations for new communities and protection of significant wildlife habitat.
Chapters 1 - 5 Original Regulations adopted 1991, revised June 2003
Chapter 1 – Administrative
Chapter 2 - Permit Regulations
Chapter 3 - Efficient Utilization of Municipal and Industrial Water Projects
Chapter 4 - Site Selection of New Domestic Water and Sewage Treatment Systems
Chapter 5 - Extension of Existing Domestic Water and Sewage Treatment Systems
Chapter 8 - Site Selection and Development of New Communities (Adopted June 2003)
Chapter 9 - Regulations for Development in Areas Containing or Having a Significant Impact Upon
Natural Resources of Statewide Importance (Adopted August 2003)
Chapter 10 - Guidelines and Regulations for the Use of Geothermal Resources for Commercial Production
Resolution 2011-19 - Amending the Chaffee County Zoning Resolution to clarify that medical marijuana centers are prohibited in unincorporated Chaffee County and to allow for medical marijuana cultivation premises and infused products manufacturing in unincorporated Chaffee County and extending the moratorium on (A) permits or licenses related to the operation of a business that cultivates, processes or dispenses marijuana and (B) the establishment of any business, occupation or operation relating thereto.
Resolution 2011-32 -Amending Chaffee County Resolution 2011-19 (regarding clarification of the Chaffee County Zoning Resolution with respect to medical marijuana centers, medical marijuana cultivation premises and infused products manufacturing) by modifying the grandfathered operations provisions.
Ordinance 2013-02 - Providing for a ban until December 31, 2014, on the submission, acceptance or processing of applications and the licensing, by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16 in unincorporated portions of Chaffee County (except certain existing establishments) including the use of land for such purpose or purposes.