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  • 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.

     Amendment to the Transportation and Ancillary Regulations
     Ammendment to Sign Regulations
     Previous Changes to the Regulations 

    Amendment to the Transportation and Ancillary Regulations

    The County is proposing to amend the transportation and ancillary regulations.
    The intent of amending the regulations is to:

    • Align with current engineering standards and practices and adopted County Transportation Plans
    • Include bicycle and pedestrian circulation as an integral part of the overall transportation system
    • Adhere to current adopted fire apparatus access code requirements
    • Clarify and simplify the regulations and to conform to current State and Federal Regulations


    The proposed regulation changes entail four revised regulations: The Transportation Design and Construction Manual in its entirety and certain sections of the Land Development Regulation, Zoning Resolution and the Storm Drainage Design and Technical Criteria. Each of the four revised regulations have been compiled separately for ease of reviewing. A summary of proposed changes highlighting revisions of each regulation has been included.

    Planning Commission recommended approval: August 12, 2015
    Board of County Commissioners Hearing Date: September 1, continued to September 29, 2015

    We recommend you start with the summary of proposed changes first and then proceed with reviewing each regulation. If you have questions or comments, please contact the case manager, Charlie Barthel, Senior Civil Planning Engineer, 303.271.8723:

    View the proposed changes here

    Ammendment to Sign Regulations

    Staff is recommending a number of changes to the sign code in response to the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert. The U.S. Supreme Court found that the town’s sign code was facially content-based (and thus not constitutional) because the restrictions in the town’s sign code that apply to signage depend entirely on the communicative content of the sign.

    Specifically, changes are proposed to the Zoning Resolution Section 9 (Home Occupation), Section 10 (Special Events), Section 11 (Signs and Outdoor Advertising Devices), and Definitions. The revisions aim to eliminate any portions of the sign code that are based on the content of the sign. Instead, the sign code will regulate signs on the basis of zone district classification, size, number of signs, location, lighting, material, etc.

    View the proposed changes here  

    Planning Commission Hearing Date: September 9, 2015, beginning at 6:15 PM
    Board of County Commissioners Hearing Date: September 29, 2015, beginning at 8:00 AM

    If you have questions or comments, please contact the case manager, Michael Schuster, Assistant Director

    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.