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).

Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan

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 Valley 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

2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee convenes with a primary goal of setting the framework for the process to help guide staff and the consultants hired to facilitate the process.  (This committee's work is on hold as the Town/County land use planning transition is underway.)

Comp Plan Contents-Draft

RFP Draft


Stanley Historic District Master Plan

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
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