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Land Development Code Update

Arapahoe County’s Planning Division is working with Clarion Associates to update its current zoning, subdivision and land use regulations. The primary focus of this update is the County’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) regulations and procedures.

The goals for these updates include:
  1. Improve the clarity and predictability of the County’s regulations;
  2. Simplify the process for adopting and modifying PUD approvals as market conditions and planning priorities change over time; and
  3. Avoid the use of PUD when other more predictable, efficient, and administrable forms of land use approval are appropriate.

Land Development Code Assessment

The final Land Development Code Assessment was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on January 25, 2016. Based on the recommendations in the Assessment, the Board asked staff to proceed with several updates to the Land Development code: update the PUD process, reorganize the Land Development code, and develop modern base zone districts that can serve as alternatives to PUDs.

Proposed Code Changes

We're gathering input on the potential changes and welcome your thoughts.   
  • Project Overview - this is a general summary of the Land Development Code update project
  • Proposed PUD Process - this flowchart shows how the proposed Planned Unit Development process would work, from application through public hearings and approval
  • Draft PUD Chapter - these are the draft PUD regulations, which would replace much of the existing Chapter 13 (Zoning Procedures)

If you would like to participate, email your comments to Also, please attend one of our open houses if you can!

For more information, contact Jason Reynolds, Current Planning Program Manager, Arapahoe County Public Works and Development, at 720-874-6664 or by email at

About Clarion Associates: Clarion Associates is a Denver-based land use consulting firm that has completed over 130 zoning and development code revision projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additional information on Clarion Associates can be found at