Land Use Code and Housing Policy Update Timeline See Housing Policy Update schedule details here.
Where are we in the Process?
We are currently engaged in Phase 3, of the process, which involves drafting the code all while engaging with a community advisory committee, the general public, and the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. The Spooktacular Land Use Code Open House addressed Module 1, and the City of Cortez is asking for feedback on proposed changes. The LUC committee is moving into Module 2 now.
On January 23, 2024, staff and consultants from Logan Simpson provided the Planning & Zoning Commission and Cortez City Council with a progress report on Module 1. You can view that discussion here.
Earlier in 2023, staff and consultants conducted over 30 one-on-one and small group listening sessions, soliciting feedback from nearly 40 community members in addition to conversations with Planning and Zoning board members and City Council Members. This input helped us draft the Cortez Land Use Code Assessment Report, which summarizes feedback and provides recommendations that will help guide the remainder of the update process.
What have we learned so far?
The current Cortez LUC has some effective provisions and is generally well organized. There is, however, a significant opportunity to update and clarify language to modernize the code and ensure it meets the needs of the broader Cortez community. Some chapters will require significant updates or additions to realize the City’s planning goals and objectives thoroughly while other sections will remain largely untouched. Further reorganizing, rewriting, and illustrating existing and revised zoning requirements will make the document easier to read, and potentially create a higher quality of public discourse and design.
We’ve already learned a lot from our Community Advisory Committee, and today’s open house will build on the work they’ve done to think through how we can improve residential, commercial, and industrial zone districts and their associated uses.