Get in the Zone - Planning & Zoning

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This page is where you'll find information about, and opportunities to interact with, your Planning & Zoning Department. What is 'planning and zoning' you ask? Check out our FAQs on the right for more info, but essentially we are the department charged with planning the current and long-term development and land use for the community!

We've created this space for you to learn more about the way in which we approach land use and development in BV. Use the links on the right to learn more, contact us, or jump down the page to use some of the interactive tools to send us your ideas, questions, and feedback!

This page is where you'll find information about, and opportunities to interact with, your Planning & Zoning Department. What is 'planning and zoning' you ask? Check out our FAQs on the right for more info, but essentially we are the department charged with planning the current and long-term development and land use for the community!

We've created this space for you to learn more about the way in which we approach land use and development in BV. Use the links on the right to learn more, contact us, or jump down the page to use some of the interactive tools to send us your ideas, questions, and feedback!

  • 2nd Public Input Meeting - Carbonate Street

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    Town staff together with developer Fading West is hosting a second public input design meeting on Tuesday, May 31st at the community center (715 E. Main St) at 5:30pm.

    The 2nd iteration of the site concept plan will be presented and attendees will have the chance to provide input and feedback on likes, dislikes, suggestions and ideas!

    Please come and make your voice heard. Food will be provided.

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  • Planning is Hiring!

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    The Town's Planning Department is looking for a full-time Planner II position. First review of applications will be on May 31st.

    Please find more information including a full job description on the Town website here.

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  • Vacant Lots for Sale

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    The Town of Buena Vista is listing two vacant lots for sale - 403 and 393 N. Beldan Street adjacent to the 70+ acre River Park. These lots are 3,755 square feet each, lay within the R2-OT zone district, and, with some public improvements including a short sewer main extension in Beldan Street, are ready to build on!


    The Town is not engaging a sellers agent, and will pay up to 2.5% buyers agent commission. Interested buyers must submit their highest and best offers using the provided offer form by 10am on Monday, April 25th to Joseph Teipel at jteipel@buenavistaco.gov.

  • Public Open House & Design Charrette for Carbonate Street

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    Mark your calendars

    Town staff and Fading West are excited to announce a great in-person opportunity to learn more about the Carbonate Street development and provide feedback into the project's priorities and design.

    This evening will be one of two chances you'll have to provide in-person feedback and ideas into this development.

    We'll start at 5pm with an hour-long drop-in open house of a locally factory-built house at The Farm - 352 Barnwood Dr. Come on by and get a feel for the product the developer (Fading West) is producing from its modular home factory right here in BV!

    Then, we'll move to the Community Center (715 E. Main St) at 6:30pm for a brief presentation followed by what is called a design charrette - interactive activities meant to elicit your feedback and ideas on the design and site layout of the development!

    Food will be provided at the community center!

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  • Upcoming Changes to Historic Preservation on Mixed-Use Main Street

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    In a work session held on March 8th, the Board of Trustees heard a presentation from the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) updating the Board on the past year since the Architectural Design Guidelines (ADGs) were adopted in January of 2021. The full presentation is available here.

    Board discussion was focused on the three recommendations from the HPC:

    1. To make HPC review of proposed projects along Main Street mandatory. While the ADGs would remain as guidelines and not requirements, HPC would like the make it a requirement (versus the current setup in which an HPC review is optional). This desire stems from HPC's intent to take a collaborative approach to working with applicants to attain their goals while staying as consistent as possible with the historic character of Main Street.
    2. To tweak the ADG document to recognize that a conversation (review) with the HPC is mandatory, not optional.
    3. To work together with Town staff to develop a framework for regulation on East Main Street. This topic is the largest one - how do we appropriately regulate development and changes on historic East Main Street without stifling growth? The goal here is to ensure changes and new development continue to honor the historic character that makes East Main Street so special.


    The work session ended with clear direction from the Board that they agree with all these recommendations. The first two will be the priority and will be brought back before the board in a public meeting as soon as they are ready. The larger discussion on a framework for regulation on East Main Street was given the head nod, but it was also recognized that this endeavor would take several months and require additional touch points of discussion with the Board.

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  • Housing Affordability Code Audit to Kick off

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    The Town of Buena Vista was awarded a planning grant from the Department of Local Affairs' (DOLA) Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies (IHOP) grant program. After a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the Town engaged Cappelli Consulting as the lead consultant to take a deep dive into our Unified Development Code, as well as our development review processes and procedures. The goal is to identify and put forward recommendations for changes which could incentivize or remove barriers to the creation of affordable and workforce housing.

    A kick off meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31st at 5:30 in the Aspen room (West side) of the community center - join us!

    The scope of work for Cappelli as well as their sub-consultants Willaford Consulting and Clarion Associates is as follows:

    1. Research and review - read and understand current code language as well as relevant processes and procedures.
    2. Interview stakeholders - consultants will interview Town staff, local and regional developers and builders, real estate agents, and others who have, or may, interact with the development process.
    3. Coordinate with the updating of the Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) - consultants will take new data from the forthcoming HNA to help shape their recommendations.
    4. Draft recommendations - consultants and staff will work to present draft recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission for feedback, as well as the Board of Trustees
    5. Finalize recommendations - taking all data gathered as well as P&Z and Board feedback, the consultants will finalize a report of recommendations for staff and Board consideration.

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  • CWCB to Update Flood Maps

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    We have been notified by Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) officials that survey activities are underway for the Chaffee County Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Study. The Risk MAP study was initiated to update flood risk information and floodplain mapping in certain watersheds of Chaffee County based on new information available. The study will help develop data that reflects actual, updated conditions and provide a framework for land use and other decision-making in areas likely to be affected by future flooding, erosion, debris flow, or related hazard events.

    Read the full CWCB letter here.

    See the accompanying map here.

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