• Regulation Revision

    Over the years, regulations have been fluid, with county staff continually drafting revisions to the documents in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Jefferson County. The original zoning resolution was adopted by the county commissioners in 1946 and the land development regulation was adopted in 1978.

    Previous Changes to the Regulations  

    Keeping of Ducks as an Accessory Use

    We are in the process of updating the Zoning Resolution pertaining to the keeping of ducks as an Accessory Use. Accessory Uses are governed by Section 5 of the Zoning Resolution. Staff has created a first draft of the revisions and is soliciting comments on the proposed changes.

    The proposed changes affect only Section 5.C.1 of the Zoning Resolution. Proposed updates include:

    • Allowing for the keeping of duck as an Accessory Use on certain residential properties.
    • Restricting the combined number of chickens and ducks allowed on a residential property.
    • Clarification of when the keeping of chickens and ducks is governed by Section 5 or by the underlying zoning district.

    This update includes only Section 5 of the Zoning Resolution. Red-marked drafts with the proposed changes to these regulations are available in both Word and Adobe PDF formats.

    We are very interested in any comments or concerns that you or your agency may have with these proposed changes. Please send comments to Elyse Dinnocenzo, 303-271-8732 by Friday, July 22, 2016

    Planning Commission hearing: August 24
    Board of County Commissioners hearing: September 12

    Site Development Plan Regulation Update

    Jefferson County Planning & Zoning has a second draft of regulation revisions pertaining to the Site Development Plan process. The Site Development Plan process is an administrative review of site and construction plans for commercial, industrial, and multi‐family projects prior to obtaining a building permit.

    Staff analyzed comments on the first draft and created a second draft of the regulations for review and comment. A fairly substantive change has occurred between the first and second draft. Staff has decided not to create a minor and a major Site Development Plan process. Instead, we have clarified the applicability and added the ability for the Planning Director to waive or conditionally waive the Site Development Plan process if certain items can be demonstrated.

    This update includes several sections. The main text for the Site Development Plan is in Section 1 of the Zoning Resolution. However, staff is also proposing updates to related sections, including Sections 12, 13, 14, and 15 of the Zoning Resolution and Sections 4, 11 and 27 of the Land Development Regulation. Red‐marks and clean copies of Draft 2 for all Sections can be found in both Word and Adobe PDF formats here. Staff also created a document with all comments received and staff’s responses to those comments. That document can be found here. All information related to this Regulation Amendment can also be found here or by typing the case number (16‐103547AM) into the County’s Permit & Active Case Search website.

    We are very interested in any comments or concerns that you or your agency may have with these proposed changes. Please send comments to Heather Gutherless by Friday, September 2, 2016.

    Contacts for this regulation update are:
    Heather Gutherless 303-271-8716
    Christiana Farrell 303-271-8740 

    Previous Changes to the Regulations

    In the past postcards have been mailed for notification of regulation updates. Future notices will be by e-mail only. For future notification of regulation changes please send us your e-mail address using our
    web form. Fill out the form and indicate the nature of your request and submit. We will add your e-mail to our list for notification.