Planning and Zoning Commission

Contact Information

Walsenburg Planning and Zoning Commission
525 S. Albert Avenue
Walsenburg, CO 81089

Description

The Planning and Zoning Commission is an organization established to assist residents to comply with ordinances associated with the development process in Walsenburg, CO.

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Planning &, Zoning Commission is to improve the safety, quality of life, and environment for the present and future generations. We will accomplish this mission by ethically and without prejudice, assisting our residents in understanding and complying with the ordinances and dealing with the environmental and development process in Walsenburg.

Commission Meetings

The Walsenburg Planning &, Zoning Commission meets in Regular Session on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00pm. They may meet in Special Session at other times throughout the year and generally holds a second meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6pm.

Meeting Agendas
2019 Agendas

2018 Agendas

2017 Agendas

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2016 Agendas

2015 Agendas

2014 Agendas

 

Record of Proceedings
2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes

2014 Minutes

Commission Resolutions and Recommendations

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Current Board Members

Walsenburg Planning and Zoning Commission
Chairman David Roesch 2013-2022
Co-Chair Ron Eccher ????-2020
Ex-Officio Mayor Dennis Hoyt 2019
Ex-Officio Greg Daniels 2018-2019
Secretary Michele Martin 2019-2022
At Large Vicki Koepsel 2018-2021
At Large Frank Kirkpatrick 2019-2022

Membership and Terms of Office

The Walsenburg Planning and Zoning Commission is governed by Ordinance No. 1119 with the membership and terms of office defined as follows.

  • The Planning Commission consists of the Mayor, a member of City Council and 5 members who shall be bona fide residents of the City of Walsenburg. The Commission nominates members and City Council makes the appointments.
  • Resident members serve 3 year terms commencing on July 1st and ending on June 30th. Terms are staggered so the term of no more than two members expire each year.
  • Resident members may not hold any other elected or appointed position in the City of Walsenburg.
  • The City Administrator is required to attend meeting and act in an advisory role but has no vote.

Duties

The principle duty of the Planning Commission is the creation and maintenance of the municipal master plan. see CRS 31-23-206

In Walsenburg the Planning Commission also acts as the Zoning Board of Adjustment. see CRS 31-23-307

Commission History and Authority

The Walsenburg Planning Commission was originally created in 1960 through Ordinance No. 532under the authority granted by Article 59 Chapter 139 Sections 1-24 of the 1953 Colorado Statutes.

The state law allows certain local modifications may be made by ordinance and the City has done so in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Colorado law has subsequently changed and Planning Commissions are currently authorized by Title 31 Article 24 Section 202 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

  • In 2011 through Ordinance No. 997 the Planning Commission was enlarged to 9 members but otherwise made to conform to the guidance in statute. (3 ex-officio 6 resident)
  • In 2013 through Ordinance No. 1037 the Planning Commission was reduced to 7 members (2 ex-officio 5 resident)
  • In 2015 through Ordinance No. 1066 the Planning Commission structure was modified to remove the Council representative (1 ex-officio 6 resident)
  • In 2018 through Ordinance No. 1119the existing Planning Commission structure was established (2 ex-officio 5 resident)

References

Municipal Documents

Authorizing Ordinances

Ordinance No. 532
Ordinance No. 997
Ordinance No. 1037
Ordinance No. 1066
Ordinance No. 1119

Municipal Plans

Comprehensive Plan
Three Mile Plan
Strategic Plan

City Regulations

WALSENBURG ANNEXATION ORDINANCE(Chapter 15 provides guidance but has not yet been legally adopted)

WALSENBURG SIGN ORDINANCE

WALSENBURG SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE

WALSENBURG ZONING ORDINANCE(Chapter 16 provides guidance but has not yet been legally adopted)

"TINY HOMES" ORDINANCE 1094

NUISANCE ORDINANCE 1022

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Please contact the City Clerk's Office for the latest copy of current ordinances.

State Resources

DOLA - Community Development and Planning

Planning Overview & Authority

What is Planning and Why Should a Community Plan?

Local Government Land Use Authority in Colorado

Long-Range Planning

Master Plan Primer

Comprehensive Plan: A Road Map to Community Development

APA Comprehensive Plan Standards

Three-Mile Plans
Meetings and Decision-Making

How to Encourage Citizen Involvement

Tips on Running Public Hearings

Defensible Decision Making

Parliamentary Procedure - Helpful Tips Open Meetings

Legal and Ethical Issues

Due Process, Ex Parte Contacts, & Conflicts of Interest