Current Land Use Cases

Land Use CasesProposed Changes to Adams County Development Standards and Regulations (PLN2018-00033)

Adams County is proposing certain changes to its land use development standards and regulations.  You are invited to attend the following upcoming public hearings:

Planning Commission on February 28, 2019 at the Adams County Government Center, Hearing Room.

Board of County Commissioners on March 19, 2019 at the Adams County Government Center, Hearing Room.

All public hearings are conducted in the Hearing Room at the Adams County Government Center.  The County values your input and is looking forward to your participation in the continued efforts to create a healthy livable community. Please feel free to send your comments on any of the proposed code amendments to

 The changes to the development standards and regulations are summarized below:


The intent of the proposed landscape code amendments is to consolidate the County’s current landscape-related regulations into one section of the development regulations (Section 4-16, or the Landscaping Performance Standards) to improve usability of the standards. The amendments will also provide specified standards on obtaining relief from the required landscape regulations.  

Clearing and Grading Permits:

The County’s current development standards and regulations do not have standards or procedure for requiring a permit for clearing and grading of property.  In the past, the absence of such a well defined standards for clearing and grading has allowed land owners to landscape and grade, or change topography on their property without a permit.  This undefined permitting requirement has caused several adverse effects on properties in identified neighborhoods and surrounding properties. The proposed regulations would allow the County to review certain clearing and grading of properties to ensure that all stormwater regulations are being met and that surrounding properties are not being adversely affected.

Solar Energy Facilities:

The intent of this proposed regulation is to increase efficiency of reviewing applications for solar energy development and facilities in the County. Some of the proposed regulations will be to allow staff review and approval of such facilities in a selected number of zoning districts that previously required approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Majority of the proposed changes have been the results of a special review and advice from the Department of Energy.

Residential Keeping of Chickens and Bees

The purpose of these amendments is to allow household chicken and bee-keeping and promote urban agriculture where adequate land is available.  Potential code amendments would include, but not be limited to: residential compatibility; requirements for coops and hives (e.g. location, setbacks and predator protection); basic needs provisions and nuisance prevention; prohibitions (e.g. roosters and aggressive bees); and number of hens or hives allowed per residence.  

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

The County’s 2018 Balanced Housing Plan provides strategies for obtaining a balance of housing supply in the County, which includes the opportunities to add to the “missing middle” housing stock, including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  ADUs are a housing type that can increase density while utilizing existing infrastructure.  Regulatory considerations would include, but not be limited to: location of ADUs in residential areas near employment and urban centers that have greater potential to accommodate increases in density; design requirements that provide for neighborhood compatibility; parking requirements; provisions related to home occupations and legal non-conforming structures as well as permitting and process requirements.

Multifamily Parking Requirements

These code amendments will consider changes to the County's requirements for multifamily parking standards that provide an adeqaute amount of parking with new development or redevelopment, recognizing that a balance must be reached between insufficient parking and over parking. The County will be reviewing other jurisdictions' multifamily parking regulations and considering ratios related to number of bedroom units.

Updating Applicable Stormwater Reports

Section 3-37-03 of the County’s Development Standards and Regulations (DSR) is being amended to move the list of flood hazard delineation studies adopted by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to the Appendix item B-16 of the DSR.  The list is being moved to this location to allow the list to be updated as needed without having to bring a new code amendment to the BoCC.  Any future flood hazard delineation studies will also be brought before the BoCC for approval.  

Agricultural Uses

The County has reviewed and identified conflicts in the County’s Development Standards and Regulations with State and Federal Regulations as they pertain to agricultural uses.   

Development Review Team

This report provides information about upcoming projects to be reviewed by the County’s Development Review Team (DRT).  This team is comprised of county staff and outside agencies.   Development proposals for major projects in unincorporated Adams County often come through the DRT for an initial review before formal submittal. 

Development Review Team Summary

Scheduled Land Use Cases

Below you will find a report of scheduled land use cases that require one or more public hearings before the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, or Board of County Commissioners. The report also includes a list of recent decisions on land use cases. 

Report of scheduled public hearings and recent decisions

For more information about any of these cases, please feel free to contact the listed case manager.

Board of Adjustment Cases

To view case information click on the Request for Comments and Public Hearing Notice associated with the current case below.

PRA2018-00006 Estrella Sign Variance Request for Comments
VSP2019-00001 Dolifka Variance Request for Comments
VSP2019-00002 EA Towing Request for Comments

Planning Commission & Board of County Commissioners Cases

To view case information click on the Request for Comments and Public Hearing Notice associated with the current cases below.

PLT2018-00008 Wolf Creek Run West Request for Comments
PLT2018-00015 Denver Post Subdivision Request for Comments
PLT2018-00018 Broncucia Subdivision Request for Comments
PLT2018-00030 Layton Subdivision Third Filing Request for Comments
PLT2018-00032 Telluride Bar and Grill Minor Subdivision Request for Comments
PLT2018-00035 Comanche Vista Estate Filing 3 Request for Comments
PLT2018-00044 Ridgeview Estates Request for Comments
PLT2019-00003 Frei Subdivision, Filing 2 Request for Comments
PRC2018-00001 Mendoza Conditional Use Request for Comments
PRC20018-00002 Pomponio Filing 3 and 4 Request for Comments
PRC2018-00006 Rocky Mountain Rail Park
PRC2018-00007 Rago Enterprises Request for Comments
PRC2018-00008 Shook Subdivision Filing 3 and 4 Request for Comments
PRC2018-00009 Microgrid Energy Request for Comments
PRC2018-00011 Baseline Lakes FDP Amendment and Final Plats

FDP Amendment

Final Plats (Filings 2-5)

PRC2018-00012 Unison Housing Request for Comments
PRC2018-00018 Midtown Filing 11 Request for Comments
PRC2018-00019 Innovative Solar Conditional Use Request for Comments
PRC2018-00020 Denver Mart Master Plan Request for Comments
PRC2018-00021 Center Greenhouse Redevelopment Request for Comments
PRC2018-00023 Box Elder Creek Ranch PUD Amendment Request for Comments
PRC2019-00001 Huron St. Subdivision and Rezone Request for Comments
PRC2019-00002 Copeland Precast Request for Comments
PRC2019-00003 Lowell Blvd. Request for Comments
RCU2016-00027 North Creek Farms Development Application
RCU2016-00029 JFW Inert Fill  Request for Comments
RCU2017-00001 Tempo Misionero Betel Request for Comments
PRC2017-00005 A & A Outside Storage
RCU2017-00007 Wilhelm Condition Use Permit


RCU2018-00004 Pecos Street Rezone and Subdivision Request for Comments
RCU2018-00006 Durland Billboard Request for Comments
RCU2018-00008 Wolf Creek Run West Public Hearing Notice
RCU2018-00015 Denver Post Public Hearing Notice
RCU2018-00018 64th Ave. Billboard Request for Comments
RCU2018-00031 Deshazer Accessory Dwelling Conditional Use Permit Request for Comments
RCU2018-00032 Jamaso Pipeline  
RCU2018-00034 American Tower Brighton  Request for Comments
RCU2018-00039 Snetzinger Caretaker CUP Request for Comments
RCU2018-00041 Prairie Learning Center Request for Comments
RCU2018-00046 Elevate at 78th Request for Comments
RCU2018-00048 Matador Pipeline and CDP Facility Request for Comments
RCU2018-00052 Verizon CRMS Request for Comments
RCU2018-00054 Villalobos-Quebec Rezone Request for Comments
RCU2018-00055 Molberg at Imboden Request for Comments
RCU2018-00056 Pivot-38 Request for Comments
RCU2018-00057 Federal Townhome Rezone Request for Comments
RCU2018-00060 Watkins South Compressor Station Request for Comments
RCU2018-00061 Imboden Matador Transmission Line Request for Comments
RCU2019-00001 Nest Fresh Eggs Request for Comments
RCU2019-00002 Aggregate Industries Tucson South Mine Request for Comments
RCU2019-00003 Henderson Pit Recycling Request for Comments
RCU2019-00006 Reborn Animal Refuge Request for Comments
RCU2019-00009 DeShazer Horse Boarding Request for Comments



Oil and Gas Administrative Use by Special Review (AUSR)

USR2016-00006: Ward Petroleum - Ivey well pad

*This facility was acquired by Great Western Oil and Gas on April 11, 2018


USR2016-00007: Extraction Oil and Gas -  Alma well pad

USR2017-00002: Extraction Oil and Gas - Prairie Center well pad
USR2017-00004: Great Western - B-Farm well pad

USR2017-00005: Ward Petroleum - Edmundson well pad

*This facility was acquired by Great Western Oil and Gas on April 11, 2018

USR2017-00006: ConocoPhillips - Venturers well pad
USR2018-00001: Extraction  Oil and Gas - Duck Club well pad
USR2018-00002: Great Western - Seltzer well pad

USR2018-00003: PetroShare - Wakeman well pad

USR2018-00004: PetroShare - Conner well pad
USR2018-00005: Great Western - Tollway LC 
USR2018-00006: PetroShare - Palacios 
USR2018-00007: ConocoPhillips - Crow
USR2018-00008: PetroShare - State
USR2018-00009: Great Western - Kortum
USR2018-00010: Great Western - Baseline
USR2018-00011: Great Western - Brant
USR2018-00012: Great Western - Tower
USR2018-00013: Great Western - Gus
USR2019-00001: Great Western - RIO