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Comprehensive Plan and SubArea Plans

Help Us Update the Comprehensive Plan
In 2017, County Planning staff will continue a more comprehensive review of the policies, goals and strategies of the 2001 Comprehensive Plan (as most recently amended). Your input on County needs and feedback on the plan are welcomed and encouraged. A public review draft will be published during the first half of 2017.

Updates to the 2001 Comprehensive Plan
The Arapahoe County Comprehensive Plan provides guidance for land use decisions for the unincorporated areas of the county. Since its adoption in 2001 and a minor amendment in 2002, updates include:

  • The adoption of a series of community-specific SubArea Plans between 2001 and 2007 (Byers, Strasburg, Four Square Mile, Lowry); Community Needs Assessments for Byers (2007) and Strasburg (2009) confirmed that these SubArea Plans were meeting community expectations.
  • Adoption of the Transportation Master Plan and Open Spaces Master Plan, by reference, as elements of the Comprehensive Plan in 2010. 
  • Amended map of the Comprehensive Plan identified expanded Planning Reserve Areas and three tiers of anticipated development within the eastern, more rural part of the county that is seeing some urbanization and rural town center development while also seeking to preserve agricultural uses and valued rural lifestyles.
  • Amended Chapter V of the Comprehensive Plan to include a process for amending the Comprehensive Plan and SubArea Plans.
  • Four Square Mile SubArea Plan Map Amendment - A small-area map amendment was approved by the Planning Commission on November 15, 2016, and additional minor administrative updates are being incorporated.
  • The Open Spaces Department conducted an Open Space Needs Assessment for the Four Square Mile Area in 2016.

I-70 Corridor Economic Assessment
The I-70 Corridor Economic Assessment is a cooperative study conducted in 2010-2011 by Arapahoe County and Adams County for the I-70 Corridor Regional Economic Advancement Partnership (REAP), with participation of the communities, cities and towns along the Corridor (Aurora, Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers and Deer Trail). 

While the Assessment was not formally adopted as part of Arapahoe County's Comprehensive Plan, work to further identify appropriate levels of development, criteria for timing and degree of development, and needed improvements to support economic development within the Corridor continues to be an important part of the evaluation and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, as well as a tool for regional efforts by REAP to further opportunities for cooperative economic development along the Corridor.

The Demographics web page provides information about the County and several subareas within the County. The information in the reports comes from a variety of sources, including the US Census, American Community Survey, Colorado State Demography Office, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the US Department of Agriculture, and is periodically updated as new information is available.

Contact Us
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Julio Iturreria

Long Range Planning Program Manager

Arapahoe County
Lima Plaza
6924 S. Lima St.
Centennial, CO 80112

Ph: 720-874-6657
TDD: 711

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.