Land Use Regulations

Important Announcement Regarding Land Use Applications and the 2021 Land Use Code

Delta County is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for our residents and developers during updates to the Land Use Code. To facilitate this, we are maintaining both the 2024 and the 2021 versions of the Land Use Code accessible for reference and compliance purposes.

Please be aware of the following critical information regarding application submissions:

Applications Submitted On or Before February 21, 2024

All Applications submitted to Delta County on or before February 21, 2024, will be reviewed and processed per the Land Use Code adopted on January 5, 2021. This is to ensure that projects already in the planning stages can proceed with a clear understanding of the requirements and standards that apply to their development.

Applications Submitted After February 21, 2024

Applications submitted after this date will be subject to the provisions of the newly updated Land Use Code. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the latest Code to ensure compliance and facilitate a smooth approval process.

For those working under permits approved under the 2021 Land Use Code, please rest assured that your projects will continue to be supported and governed by the regulations in place at the time of your application. We understand the importance of consistency and predictability in the planning and development process.

For more information, see the 2021 Land Use Code (PDF) or the new 2024 Land Use Code (PDF).

Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Delta County Planning Department at 970-874-2110. Our team is here to support you through this transition and ensure the success of your development projects.

Land Use Code

The Land Use Code (aka Zoning) is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed in Delta County, which helps implement certain visions and goals of the Master Plan.  The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests.

The Delta County Master Plan was adopted in May 2018 after significant public engagement.  This Plan anticipated (re)writing, and coordinating, land use regulations that have been in place as far back as 1985.  After years and careful consideration of community members, the Delta County Land Use Code was adopted January 5, 2021. 

The Land Use Code incorporated existing land use regulations, including but not limited to Subdivisions, Specific Developments, and Mobile Home Parks.  As part of the resolution adopting the Land Use Code, all planning districts or protection plans previously adopted by Delta County, including but not limited to, Surface Creek Land Value Protection Plan, Special Planning District 1, the Rogers Mesa Special Planning District, and the East Redlands Mesa Planning District were repealed.  However, ordinances (laws) remain in effect unless repealed by ordinance.  Ordinances related to land use include: 

Land Use Code Links

Land Use Code Zoning Maps
Land Use Fee Schedule
2021 Land Use Code
2024 Land Use Code

Master Plans

Master Plans provide policies guiding growth and development for the unincorporated areas of Delta County.  They provide a policy direction for decisions about the economy, land use, housing, transportation, and community facilities establishing a foundation for land use regulations.

The Master Plan provides facts on existing conditions and trends, enabling decision makers to better understand the impact of their decisions.  It describes where and what type of development the community desires, allowing for the zoning, purchase and use of land consistent with community goals.

2018 Delta County Master Plan

In May of 2018, Delta County adopted an updated Master Plan for the County that was the outcome of a year-long process that engaged diverse residents from around the county with a wide spectrum of viewpoints in a dialogue about what we wanted for the future. The primary question the Master Plan process answered was: How do we create opportunities for everyone to thrive while protecting the things that make Delta County unique? 

2018 Delta County Recreation and Trails Master Plan

In May of 2018, Delta County completed a Recreation and Trails Master Plan, which is incorporated into the Master Plan. This plan helps the County identify opportunities for recreation and trail development across the County, and will be used as a tool in looking for grant funds, as well as coordinating with the various entities and organizations involved in trail development, management, and maintenance.

Master Plan Links

Resolution No. 2018-R-013 (2018 Master Plan and 2018 Recreation Trails Master Plan)
Delta County Master Plan
Recreation and Trails Master Plan
Recreation and Trails Master Plan Maps

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