Land Use Regulations

Land Use Code

The Land Use Code (aka Zoning) is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed in Delta County, which helps implement certain visions and goals of the Master Plan.  The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests.

The Delta County Master Plan was adopted in May 2018 after significant public engagement.  This Plan anticipated (re)writing, and coordinating, land use regulations that have been in place as far back as 1985.  After years and careful consideration of community members, the Delta County Land Use Code was adopted January 5, 2021. 

The Land Use Code incorporated existing land use regulations including, but not limited to, Subdivisions, Specific Developments, and Mobile Home Parks.  As part of the resolution adopting the Land Use Code, all planning districts or protection plans previously adopted by Delta County, including but not limited to, Surface Creek Land Value Protection Plan, Special Planning District 1, the Rogers Mesa Special Planning District, and the East Redlands Mesa Planning District were repealed.  However, ordinances (laws) remain in effect unless repealed by ordinance.  Ordinances related to land use include: 

Land Use Code Links

Resolution 2021-R-001 Adopting Land Use Code
2021 Land Use Code & LUC Appendices
Land Use Code Zoning Maps
Land Use Fee Schedule
2023 Draft Land Use Code (11-8-2023)

Master Plans

Master Plans provide policies guiding growth and development for the unincorporated areas of Delta County.  They provide a policy direction for decisions about the economy, land use, housing, transportation, and community facilities establishing a foundation for land use regulations.

The Master Plan provides facts on existing conditions and trends, enabling decision makers to better understand the impact of their decisions.  It describes where and what type of development the community desires, allowing for the zoning, purchase and use of land consistent with community goals.

2018 Delta County Master Plan

In May of 2018, Delta County adopted an updated Master Plan for the County that was the outcome of a year-long process that engaged diverse residents from around the county with a wide spectrum of viewpoints in a dialogue about what we wanted for the future. The primary question the Master Plan process answered was: How do we create opportunities for everyone to thrive while protecting the things that make Delta County unique? 

2018 Delta County Recreation and Trails Master Plan

In May of 2018, Delta County completed a Recreation and Trails Master Plan, which is incorporated into the Master Plan. This plan helps the County identify opportunities for recreation and trail development across the County, and will be used as a tool in looking for grant funds, as well as coordinating with the various entities and organizations involved in trail development, management, and maintenance.

Master Plan Links

Resolution No. 2018-R-013 (2018 Master Plan and 2018 Recreation Trails Master Plan)
Delta County Master Plan
Recreation and Trails Master Plan
Recreation and Trails Master Plan Maps

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