Updated: Sep 15
At this point, you may have heard your neighbors talking and are alarmed there is a code change on the table in Chaffee County. Let us assure you, that is not the case. Yet. Why yet? Well because Future Land Use Plan (FLUP) is supposed to help inform future updates to the development code's land use designations. The difference is that in the comprehensive plan the FLUP is guidance and does not change existing zoning nor provide any entitlements to a property owner. Instead, the FLUP is a geographic and thematic representation of the direction for physical planning called for in the first chapter of the plan in the Values, Vision, Goals, and Strategies.
The version 2 draft of the Chaffee Future Land Use Plan is currently available for review and will be the subject of a virtual public meeting on Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 to 7:30. For detailed information check out our Facebook or Events pages. The meeting will include a presentation by the compehensive plan consultant, Cushing Terrell, who will provide an update on the comprehensive plan process and a detailed overview of the FLUP.
The FLUP includes two distinct elements. First, the general descriptions of recommended future land use designations which are explanations of the type and intensity of development preferred.
Second, the subarea plans apply the designations to geographies across the four subareas and include specific recommendations for management of future growth for each area. These designations are more general and not specific to the parcel boundaries like a zoning district is in the land use regulations. You can read the entire FLUP here. (It is a big file. You can also visit the County website where the document has been broken into smaller files in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.)
You can view the subareas maps with the future land use designations for each subarea below:
The northern end of the county includes the Buena Vista Sub Area
The middle part of the county is the Mid Valley Sub Area
For the areas surrounding the towns, the subarea maps are designed to align with the growth areas of the municipalities, areas covered by Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs), and proposed infrastructure service areas. Cushing Terrell conducted a land suitability analysis that assessed existing subdivisions, utility and infrastruture plans, municipal growth areas, and natural resources to determine areas most suitable for future development.
The upcoming community meeting will review these concepts and more about what is the comprehensive plan is proposing. We hope you can join us!