This Department’s responsibility includes both current and long-range planning activities as well as zoning activities.
The Department of Planning and Development provides Zoning Authorizations for the purpose of a Building Permit on the 2nd and 4th Fridays until noon as well as every Monday (break 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (break 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Times are subject to change, especially during Department closures. Please call ahead to confirm times, 719-583-6100.
Current planning is the review and evaluation of all map amendments (re-zonings), special uses, subdivisions, annexations and development proposed in the County. Zoning enforcement is important to control zoning infractions within the community. The Department administers, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, Pueblo County's land use regulatory system. These regulations include:
- TITLE 16 SUBDIVISIONS - This section contains regulations relating to subdivisions within the county, including submission details.
- TITLE 17 LAND USE DIVISION I. ZONING - This section contains the regulations relating to land use in Pueblo County, including zoning information parking and sign information.
- TITLE 17 LAND USE DIVISION II. AREAS AND ACTIVITIES OF STATE AND LOCAL INTEREST - (commonly known as House Bill 1041 Regulations). This section also includes details on 1041 regulations as well as site selection for highway interchanges, new communities, construction of major public utilities and other projects.
- TITLE 17 LAND USE DIVISION III. HAZARDOUS WASTE INCINERATOR OR PROCESSOR SITE CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION - This section contains information on applying for a Certificate of Designation and procedures related to COD.
- CHAPTER 17.108 FLOOD HAZARD REGULATIONS. This section describes issues detailing special flood hazards and requirements related to those.
Long-range planning usually begins with the identification of a need to direct and manage future growth in a community or to specifically address an identified issue. The issue may be specific, such as the need for additional highway capacity; or be more general such as improving or maintaining the quality of life for the community. Simply stated, planning is a method of preparing for the future through a step-by-step process. The process generally involves collection and analysis of information, the development of alternative courses of action consistent with identified goals, and the implementation and monitoring of the recommended course of action. Pueblo Regional Development Plan (final adoption 2002) presents goals, objectives, and implementation strategies for future growth and development in this community. The Plan was amended in September 2011 with the addition of Sustainability Principles, and in 2014 with an Addendum which updated the Factual Foundation, made revisions to the Future Land Use Map, and added to the definition of the Plan's Future Land Use Category of "Employment Center - Light Industry Mixed Use."