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104 Crestone Avenue
Room 125
P.O. Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

719.530.5566 (phone)
719.530.9208 (fax)

As of July 5th, 2022

Salida Office

Public Hours are:
Monday-Thursday
7:00am-5:30pm

Chaffee County Planning & Zoning
Department Information

The Planning and Zoning Department is part of the County Development Services Department. Planning Staff work closely with other county departments, including Road and Bridge, Building Safety, and Environmental Health, to assist landowners in using their property, and to enforce the adopted Land Use Regulations to protect surrounding property owners from incompatible land uses.  The Planning Department staff is responsible for advising the Board of Commissioners, the Planning Commission and the public on land use and development issues.  The planning staff accepts and reviews all land planning applications according to the County Land Use Code and County Master plans.  The staff also prepares updates and revisions to the County's Land Use Codes for review by the Board of Commissioners to keep up with the changing values of the County's citizens.

Chaffee County Assessor Searchable Zoning Map
A Chaffee County searchable zoning map, which can provide information on property zoning, floodplains, and other helpful information, is available here. In order to view the zoning layers, you must select "County Zoning" on the Layer List within the map.

Chaffee County Land Use Statistics

The County's land area is approximately 649,508 acres, which is equal to approximately 1014 square miles.  Of this area, a large majority is managed by various federal, state and local government entities, including the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the State Land Board, and the state Divisions of Wildlife and Corrections. Excluding the incorporated municipalities of Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs, there are approximately 120,000 acres of privately owned land in Chaffee County.

Temporary Moratorium on Certain Land Use Applications

The Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted to adopt a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of certain types of land use applications, effective June 7th, 2022. The hiatus on acceptance of applications, adopted via Resolution 2022-41 at the BOCC’s regular meeting on June 7th, will allow for the county to ensure focus on the on-going Land Use Code (LUC) update project and support long-term land use decisions that are in alignment with the standards and procedures to be considered within the updated LUC. This pause on acceptance of development applications also gives the County opportunity to work on developing water adequacy standards for proposed land use reviews, while it also pursues more comprehensive studies evaluating water adequacy and availability for long-range planning. Read more at https://www.togetherchaffeecounty.org/post/luc-moratorium 

Short-Term Rentals (STRs)

For questions on Short-Term Rental permits, contact str@chaffeecounty.org or 719-530-5570 . 

Chaffee County's Short-Term Rental Ordinance 2020-002, setting forth current STR regulations, is here: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE APPLICATION AND THE LICENSING, PERMITTING, OR OPERATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN UNINCORPORATED PORTIONS OF CHAFFEE COUNTY. 

Miles Cottom
Planning Director
719.530.5768
mcottom@chaffeecounty.org

Greg Laudenslager
Principal Planner
719.530.5571

Jon Roorda
Planning Manager
719.530.5566

Christie Barton
Planner
719.530.5572

 


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