August 26, 2020

Thank you to everyone that participated in our August open houses. During the open houses we shared the changes that were made to the draft land use code based on community input. 

We have received several additional comments since releasing the 2nd draft of the land use code earlier this month. The vast majority of these comments have expressed concerns about setbacks for Intensive Agriculture, and the County's extension of right-to-farm protections to new agricultural operations. Many have also expressed concern that the comment periods have been too short. 

This is an iterative process with multiple opportunities for input.  The public input process began in July, and will continue until a final public hearing with the Commissioners, which has not yet been scheduled. Our goal is to have that public hearing in mid to late September. 


Written comments can continue to be sent to DeltaCountyLandUse@deltacounty.com, on our online forum at deltacountyplan.com, or by snail mail at 501 Palmer, Delta, CO 81416. 


A third draft of the land use code is now available. This draft reflects changes made to the document to address comments about Intensive Agriculture, mapping adjustments based on comments received, and recommended changes from the Planning Commission. You can access the third draft here

The Planning Commission will begin their official review of the land use code on August 26, 2020. The Planning Commission's review will take more than one meeting, and will continue to their next meeting on September 9, 2020. 

Following the Planning Commission's review of the land use code, the Planning Commission will "certify" the land use code to the County Commissioners. Certification of the land use code is a statutory requirement. The certified draft of the land use code becomes the final draft. If the Commissioners decide to make any substantial changes to the final draft based on input during the public hearing, then the Commissioners would send the document back to the Planning Commission for another review of those changes before the land use code could be adopted.

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