Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for assisting City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission in all aspects of comprehensive and current planning in Glenwood Springs. This includes overseeing development and implementation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and other long-range planning endeavors. The Department is also responsible for processing land use applications in accordance with the City’s Development Code, Title 70 of the Municipal Code.  The link provided may not include more recently adopted City ordinances.  However, a list of said ordinances is located here.

Key Functions

The primary functions of the Planning Department are

  • Floodplain Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Long Range Planning
  • Land Use & Development Review
  • Sign Permitting
  • Zoning Verification

Development Code Assessment & Update



In June, 2015, the City contracted with Clarion Associates, a national land-use and real estate consulting firm, to review the City's development regulations (Municipal Code Title 070) and to recommend changes in the formatting and substance of the existing code.  Clarion's tasks included suggesting changes to better streamline the City's existing land-use review processes. 

Read the results in the Development Regulations Analysis & Assessment report (8.4 MB).


In 2016, Clarion began the process of updating and redrafting the city's Development Code.  Follow our progress. 

6th Street Corridor Master Plan

Over the next two years, 6th Street is expected to change dramatically as a result of the multi-million dollar Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project to demolish and realign the Grand Avenue-State Highway 82 Bridge over the Colorado River.

Beginning in January and continuing through December, 2016, the city and key stakeholders, including area property owners, businesses and residents, have been working with studioINSITE, a Denver-based urban planning & design firm, to create a future vision of the 6th Street corridor & the North Glenwood neighborhood.
Project area map

Public Open Houses

studioINSITE met with the public at open house events in January, February, May, and September, 2016.  These were well-attended events that generated a lot of comments and good ideas.

Master Plan

Based on input from public & stakeholder meetings, studioINSITE drafted a master plan that creates a blueprint for future North Glenwood development and redevelopment.   A draft of this plan is now available for public comment. 
  DRAFT 6th Street Corridor Master Plan (11.2 MB)
  DRAFT Street Sections (6.7 MB)
 DRAFT Design Standards & Guidelines (4.9 MB)
DRAFT Utilities 

 Printed copies of the plan are available in the Community Development Department, 2nd Floor, City Hall.