Comprehensive Planning

"Comprehensive Planning for communities is like career or retirement planning for individuals: if you don't set goals for your future and figure out a doable way to get from where you are today to where you want to be, you can be pretty well certain that you won't get there." (Creating a Wise Economy; 2010).




New Comprehensive Plan

Estes Forward Comprehensive Plan - 2022  (Click on a chapter number in the table of contents to hyperlink)

Estes Forward En Español

Appendicies  Estes Forward CompPlan

Future Land Use Map

The Comprehensive Plan analyzes basic community information and establishes goals and objectives for land use, community design, growth management, mobility and circulation, housing, scenic and environmental quality, hazard mitigation, economic well-being, and intergovernmental coordination policies, among other matters.

The Town received grant funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for a new Comprehensive Plan and subsequent Development Code rewrite.  DOLA recently awarded the full amount of the request for $150,000 to the Town. The Town is matching this amount for a $300,000 Comprehensive Plan project in total.  The new Plan, Estes Forward, was adopted in December 2022.  The Development Code rewrite is scheduled to take place in 2023-2024.

Public Comment

Public Comment

Online Public Comment Form

ARTICLE:  Sustainable Development in the Mountain Valley, Rex Poggenpohl

Guest Column, Randy Hunt, Community Development Director, August 2021


Community Choices Document

Visioning Meeting In a Box kit

Town Administrator Machalek Presentation September 9, 2021

EVFPD Presentation July 22, 2021

Community Risk Reduction Plan - National Fire Prevention Association

CPAW Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Logan Simpson Scope of Services

Logan Simpson Proposal

Contract: Logan Simpson Consultants

Contract: Public Engagement-Bang the Table

Machalek & Hunt Column, February 25, 2021

Board of County Commissioners Letter of Commitment

Request for Proposal (RFP)

RFP Addenda

Comp Plan Case Studies

Engagement Strategy

Comprehensive Plan Pre-Planning materials developed in Autumn 2018

Comp Plan Contents-Draft

Comp Plan Strategy Scope

Community Engagement Survey



Estes Park Comprehensive Plan-1996

The Comprehensive Plan was jointly adopted in 1996 by the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County after extensive community outreach and input. Following adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, the Town and County jointly created the Estes Valley Development Code to implement the Comprehensive Plan, soliciting extensive public input.

The Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan establishes land use, community design, growth management, mobility and circulation, housing, scenic and environmental quality, economic, intergovernmental coordination policies for the Estes Valley. The plan also establishes development guidelines for seven distinct planning areas.

Estes Park Comprehensive Plan
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Planning Process
Chapter 2: Planning the Valley\'s Future
Chapter 3: Economic Overview
Chapter 4: Land Use
Chapter 5: Mobility and Circulation
Chapter 6: Community-Wide Policies
Chapter 7: Action Plan
Appendix 1: Economic Profile
Appendix 2: Resource Information

Future Land Use Map

Stanley Historic District

The Stanley Historic District Master Plan sets the vision for development within the 75 acres surrounding the Stanley Hotel. In addition to architectural standards for this area, protected view corridors are also established to ensure unique views of the Stanley Hotel are preserved for future generations.

Stanley Historic District Master Plan
View Corridor Maps