Contact Information
200 S. Spruce Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Mailing Address
Department 5022
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001

(970) 244-1636

Applications


Before submitting your application, please arrange for a Pre-Application Meeting with staff.

Project Types


Creating a 35-Acre parcel of previously unplatted land

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Routinely referred to as a "mother-in-law" apartment, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a living unit added to, created within, or detached from the principal dwelling that provides basic requirements for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation. The term accessory denotes a use that is commonly understood to be one that is subordinate in size, location, and function to the principal unit.

In unincorporated Mesa County, ADUs are allowed upon site plan approval in residential single-family zoning districts on parcels or lots of land greater than 6,500 square feet. The minimum size for an ADU is 300 square feet of heated living space. The maximum size may vary depending on the size of your property and the location of the ADU on the property. One ADU shall be allowed per parcel. Either the Principal or Accessory Dwelling must be owner occupied.

 


Administrative Adjustments are modifications to any numeric standard set out in the Land Development Code Chapter 6 and Chapter 4, Section 4.4, except those related to building height, residential density, and non-residential intensity.

 


Appeals of Administrative Decisions may be filed by Parties of Record aggrieved by any decision of an administrative official in the administration or enforcement of the requirements of the Land Development Code. Appeals must be filed within 30 days of the date of the decision or action. The appeal must be in writing and must state the decision that is being appealed and the basis for the appeal. The appeal fee must be paid at the time of filing.

Land Development Code refer to Chapter 3, Section 3.15

To divide active agricultural land zoned Agricultural Forestry Transitional (AFT)

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Commercial Site Plan Approval, also known as a Short Form, is used to approve interior remodels, facade improvements, or the addition of small accessory buildings such as a shed to a commercial use. Changes of use may also be approved using a short form application. More significant changes to a commercial property or use, such as those that result in a need for for more parking, additional floor area, or an increase in outdoor storage, are reviewed through the Minor Site Plan or Major Site Plan (refer to the sections on this page) processes.

 


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A Floodplain Development Permit is required to determine the specific flood hazard at a site, and to evaluate the suitability of the proposed use in relation to the flood hazard. The Floodplain Development Permit process is described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.9. Contact the Floodplain Management Department for more information.


The Floodplain Variance process is described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.13.  Contact the Floodplain Management department for more information.


The Mesa County Register of Historic Landmarks (refer to Appendix G of the Land Development Code) was established to recognize the historic, architectural and cultural heritage of Mesa County and to increase public appreciation of Mesa County's unique heritage.


Some types of work can be conducted at home with little or no effect on the surrounding neighborhood. The Home Occupation regulations are intended to permit residences to engage in Home Occupations, while ensuring that the activity will not be a detriment to the character and livability of the surrounding area. The regulations require that the Home Occupation, an accessory use, remains subordinate to the allowed principal use of household living, and that the residential viability of the dwelling unit is maintained.

Home Occupations are approved through the Minor Site Plan (refer to the Minor Site Plan section on this page) process and must meet the standards of the Land Development Code, Chapter 5, Section 5.3.6.

Exempt Home Occupations

Certain Home Occupations may be considered Exempt and only require registration if

    • the use does not have more than 10 client/customer visits per week;
    • does not have non-resident employees visiting the site;
    • does not have outdoor activities or storage on the site; and
    • does not involve the storage of hazardous materials or waste.

Exempt Home Occupation Registration Form - found on our Forms page


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Major site plans are required before issuance of a Building Permit, as described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.5.11.2. Examples where a major site plan would be required include

    • a change in use where the building area is proposed to expand more than 50%;
    • expansion of an existing use more than 50%; and
    • new uses on vacant land, including multi-family development.

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If you are interested in a Major Subdivision, please visit or call our office and make an appointment. General Meetings will be scheduled approximately two weeks from the day that you schedule an appointment with Planning Staff. The purpose of a General Meeting is to establish proactive involvement and input by County Planning Staff, the Applicant and their Representative(s) in the Major Subdivision Application Process.

Please bring the following with you to your scheduled General Meeting:

  • A completed General Meeting Request Form - found on out Forms page
  • A project narrative
  • An 11 x 17" Context Map, Prepared by Planning
  • Any additional information you feel that will be beneficial to your project

Types of Applications:

  • Concept Plan
  • Final Plan
  • Final Plat

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Minor site plans are applications that require a lesser review than a Major Site Plan, as described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.5.11.1. A Site Plan may be required before issuance of a Building Permit.  Examples include:

    • expansion of an existing use or building less than 50%;
    • changing from one use to another;
    • temporary uses;
    • annual events; and
    • alteration of drainages. 

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Dividing one unplatted lot into no more than 4 platted parcels located within either an urban residential or non-residential zoning district

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Separating a property due to a physical barrier owned by an unrelated third party such as a public road, railroad track, rivers, or ditches and canals

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Planned Unit Developments (PUD) are processed and approved in same manner as a Major Subdivision, as described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.7. A General Meeting is required. If you are interested in a PUD, please visit or call our office and make an appointment. General Meetings will be scheduled approximately two weeks from the day that you schedule an appointment with Planning Staff. The purpose of a General Meeting is to establish proactive involvement and input by County Planning Staff, the Applicant and their Representative(s) in the PUD Application Process.

 


A Property Line Adjustment is a change in boundaries between adjoining parcels that does not create additional parcels. You may apply to adjust your boundary lines between two or more legally created parcels regardless of whether or not your property is platted or unplatted.  Platted property is one or more lots created by a subdivision of land. Unplatted property results from parcels of land that are created by deed. The number of parcels or lots after the property line adjustment may not exceed the number before the adjustment. A land division is required to create an additional lot.

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A Planning Clearance is required for development of all new residential or agricultural land use, and for additions and alterations to existing buildings. A Planning Clearance is not required for accessory buildings (sheds) that have a footprint of less than 120 square feet, for flat work such as at-grade patios, or for fences less than 6 feet tall.

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Sign Permit regulations are intended to promote traffic safety and protect the visual appearance of the County.  Refer to the Land Development Code, Chapter 8 for more information on these regulations.

 


A division of unplatted land located within a rural zoning district (AFT or AF-35) that is at least 10.0 acres in size and has not been previously subdivided through a Simple Land Division.

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The Stormwater Construction Permit process is described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.19.  Contact the Floodplain Management department for more information.


The Stormwater Construction Permit Variance process is described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.20.  Contact the Floodplain Management department for more information.


Temporary uses are those that are short in duration.  Typical Temporary Uses include:

    • seasonal outdoor sales such as pumpkin patches and Christmas tree lots;
    • parking lot sales;
    • and special events such as carnivals and festivals.  

Temporary uses must meet the requirements of the Land Development Code, Chapter 5, Section 5.4, and are approved as Minor Site Plans (refer to the Minor Site Plans section on this page).


To extinguish an existing utility easement

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Anyone may submit a request for a Written Interpretation of specific provisions of the Land Development Code.  A Pre-ApplicationMeeting is required.  The process for review and evaluation of a request for Written Interpretation is described in the Land Development Code, Chapter 3, Section 3.14.


Zoning Variances may be granted if there are special circumstances or conditions that are peculiar to the land or building. No variance will be approved that has the effect of allowing a use that is not allowed in the subject zoning district. Zoning Variances applications are subject to review and approval by the Board of Adjustment.