Land Use Code & Housing Policy Update

Cortez LUC Web HeaderProject Overview:

The City of Cortez is in the process of updating the Cortez Land Use Code (LUC) and housing policies. The current LUC was adopted in 1996 and has been amended numerous times over the years. Since the initial adoption, almost 30 years ago, the City has grown and our needs have changed. The current LUC needs an update specifically for ease of administration and simplification of review processes, as well as inclusion of standards that support the city’s housing needs. For context, the Land Use Code is comprised of zone district regulations, use regulations, subdivision standards, site development standards, and administration/ application procedures. See here for Housing Policy Update details.

Guiding Principles:

  • Ensure the Land Use Code (LUC) is User-Friendly
  • Make the Right Things Easy
  • Balance Flexibility and Predictability
  • Engage the Public
  • Right-Size the Standards and Procedures
  • Preserve and Enhance Local Character
  • Respond to Housing Needs

For More Information:

Please contact Rachael Marchbanks, Community and Economic Development Director at

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