Planning and Zoning Commission


Creation, Organization, Officers and Procedures, Powers and Duties

The Town of Dolores Code, Title II creates an advisory board known as the Planning and Zoning Commission ("Planning Commission" or "Commission").

The Commission consists of seven (7) members, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the Town Board and two (2) shall be non-voting, ex-officio members of the Town Board.

The term of office of the Planning Commission members shall be staggered. As the term of each member expires, the vacancy thus created shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees for a term of three (3) years. If a vacancy occurs other than by expiration of term, the Board of Trustees by majority vote shall appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term.

Commission members may be removed from office for cause by the Town Board prior to the expiration of the appointed term for cause.

At the first regular Commission meeting in January of each year, the first item of business shall be the selection of the Commission Chairperson, Vice Chairperson from the membership of the Commission.

The Chairperson shall preside over meetings. In the event questions over procedures arise, Robert’s Rules of Order shall prevail.

The Commission shall create and fill other offices as it deems necessary.

The recording of minutes of all Commission meetings shall be the responsibility of the Town Clerk.

A majority of the appointed members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to do business and the affirmative vote of three fifths of the appointed members in attendance shall be necessary to pass any motion.

The Commission shall establish rules and procedures that govern its operation.

The Commission shall hold at least one (1) regular meeting per month.

Special meetings may be called by any three (3) appointed members of the Commission or by the Mayor upon due notice to the Chairperson and other members of the Commission.

The Planning Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

To recommend the boundaries of the various zoning districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced therein under this Code or the laws of the State of Colorado to the Board of Trustees and to recommend approval or denial of zoning changes and regulations under this Code;

To hear, recommend or determine any matter relating to zoning, planning or subdivision control as they may be specified or required under this Code or applicable laws of the State of Colorado;

To make and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the Town, including any areas outside its boundaries, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, which in the Commission’s judgment bear relation to the planning of the Town of Dolores (C.R.S. 31-23-306);

To exercise the duties and powers as may be now or hereafter conferred by this Code and the applicable laws of the State of Colorado; and

To hear and decide Special Exceptions in accordance with the terms of this Code, pursuant to Article VI.R. Special Exceptions.

The Dolores Land Use code guides and regulates growth and development in the Town. 

Updated Dolores Land Use Code (Adopted July 2022)

The adoption draft is not available at this time. Please check back later.

Current Comprehensive Plan

Flood Plain Map 24x42

Official Zoning Map - Draft 4





Advisory members communicate with the Town Board, Manager and Clerk.



Linda Robinson
Re-appointed and appointed Chairperson  January 2021

Term expires 5/11/24

Vice Chair

Dan Heeney
Re-appointed to Vice Chair January 2021

Reappointed to a two year term on 4/11/22

Term Expires 5/1/2024



Mark Tucker
Re-appointed to two year term 4/11/2022

Term expires April 2024


Melissa Watters
Appointed to a two year term 4/11/2022

Term expires 5/1/2025


Shirley Powell
Appointed to a 3 year term April 12, 2021

Term expires April 2024


EX Officio Member

Mark Youngquist. Trustee, Term expires 2026

EX Officio Member

Andy Lewis
Trustee, term expires 2024


Meeting Information

The Planning Commission Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Because of the ongoing Lan Use Code Update project the Planning Commission is currently holding a continuation meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Zoning Commissioners Meeting

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2022 Meetings

September 6, 2022 6:30 p.m. Agenda Packet Public hearing notice
August 2, 2022 CANCELED    
July 5, 2022 Agenda Packet  
June 7, 2022 Agenda Packet  
May 17, 2022 Agenda Packet  
May 3, 2022 Agenda Packet  
April 5, 2022 Agenda Packet  
February 15, 2022 Agenda Packet Public Hearing notice
February 1 2022 Agenda Packet
January 11 2022 Agenda Packet
Public hearing Notice    


2021 Meetings

December 7, 2021 


Zone map(draft)

November 16, 2021 Packet Agenda Minutes 
Notice of Public Hearing Nov 16, 2021 Pub Notice Nov 16, 2021    
November 2 2021 Packet Agenda Minutes
October 12, 2021 Workshop


Packet II

Agenda Minutes
October 5, 2021 Packet Agenda  
September 21, 2021 Packet Agenda Minutes 
September 7, 2021 Packet Agenda Minutes
August 21, 2021 Workshop with Board members attending Notice Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
July 20, 2021  Public Hearing Notice    
July 20, 2021 Agenda Packet  Minutes
July 6, 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
June 15, 2021 Agenda Packet  
June 1 2021 Agenda Packet  
May 18, 2021  Agenda Packet Minutes
May 4, 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
April 20, 2021  Agenda Packet Minutes
April 6, 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
March 16, 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
March 2 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
February 16 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
February 2 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
January 19 2021 Agenda Packet Minutes
January 5 2021     Minutes


2020 Minutes

December 15 2020 Continuation Meeting   Minutes
December 1 2020   Minutes
November 17 Continuation Meeting Agenda Minutes
November 2 Agenda Minutes
Continuation October 20 Agenda Minutes
October 6 Agenda Minutes
Continuation Meeting / Public Hearing September 15 Agenda Minutes
September 1 Agenda Minutes
Workshop August 14 Agenda  
Combined Board P&Z Meeting August 4 Agenda Minutes
July 7 Agenda Minutes
June 2 Agenda Minutes
May 5 Agenda Minutes
April 7 Agenda Minutes
March 3 Agenda Minutes
February 5 Agenda Minutes
January 7 Agenda Minutes

Land Use Code Project Timeline

Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

When the Planning Commission and Town Board have had the opportunity to review and comment on this Code Audit, we will start the LUC drafting tasks. We anticipate drafting the update LUC as follows (subject to schedule changes to allow more time with a draft or specific issue):

January-February Zone Districts, Use-Specific Standards, Measurements and Definitions
February-March Landscaping/Trees, Outdoor Lighting, Hazardous and Environmentally Sensitive Areas; Proportionate Compliance
March-April Parking, Loading, and Access; Mobility and Connectivity
April-May Subdivision Standards, Signs, Operational Performance Standards
May-June Public Outreach Round 2 (specific dates TBD)
June-July Common and Specific Development Procedures
July-August Nonconformities; Violations, Enforcement, and Penalties; General Provisions
August-September-October Complete Full Draft Dolores Land Use Code