The Town of Parachute, in consultation with Community Planning Strategies (CPS), will soon begin the process of considering a comprehensive update of Title 15 of the Parachute Municipal Code – Land Use Regulations. The Land Use Regulations contain both substantive and procedural requirements regarding the development of land within the Town of Parachute, including zoning and subdivision regulations. The existing Land Use Regulations may be accessed at https://parachute.municipal.codes/PMC/15.
The Parachute 2022 Comprehensive Plan provides a general framework and recommendations for land use development within the Town’s jurisdiction. The Comprehensive Plan is not a regulatory document and the Plan’s recommendations and policies are implemented through adopted land use regulations.
After completion of the 2022 Comprehensive Plan, the Town directed CPS to conduct an assessment of the Land Use Regulations. After consultation with Town staff, the Planning Commission and Town Council, it has been determined that the most efficient and effective approach that will guide and regulate land development in Parachute for years to come is to complete a comprehensive rewrite of Title 15. While the provisions themselves are not the cause for this recommendation, the regulations are disorganized and lack clarity. The goal is to adopt land use regulations that are clear, concise and predictable.
The Planning Commission, as the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), will consider and review proposed Title 15 updates at regularly scheduled Planning Commission meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Town Hall Council Chambers at 222 Grand Valley Way.
The final draft document will be considered for adoption at officially noticed public hearings before both the Planning Commission and Town Council.
Please check the Town’s website – https://townofparachute.colorado.gov for updated information on this important process. Please contact us should you have any questions.
Restructure Title 15
A key priority is to restructure Title 15. CPS will propose a code restructure that fully separates the Administrative Procedures from Regulations, has improved readability and organization,and ease of future amendment.
Update Districts & Uses
CPS will proposed a series of updates to the Town’s zone districts, use allocations, and use standards. This process may involve adding new districts, consolidating existing districts,or even “retiring” obsolete districts. Once all districts are established, each district will be matched with applicable and appropriate dimensional standards, and be referenced to an updated use table. As part of this task, CPS will also explore new approaches to nonconforming uses that encourage reinvestment and reuse within the community.
Analyze & Update Site Development & Subdivision Standards
CPS will revise the substantive development standards for areas of regulation such as parking, screening, and site design. We will determine which aspects of the site development standards should be applicable in specific geographic areas and what standards, if any, should be made town-wide. Also as part of this process, CPS will evaluate the Town’s subdivision standards such as public improvements, dedication, lot and block design, and associated standards.
Analyze & Update Procedural Regulations & General Provisions
The task will result in CPS preparing and/or revising existing administrative provisions to reflect the comprehensive plan, the Town’s procedural preferences, and applicable Colorado law.
Finalyzed & Adopt
Once all four Modules have been fully vetted by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), CPS will combine them into a new proposed draft of Title 15. During this task the public and the development community will be given an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the revisions. After public review, CPS staff will produce a final draft which will be presented to the Planning Commission and Town Council for adoption.