Land Use Code
The Land Use Code (LUC) is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed in Wellington. The purpose of the LUC is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests. are currently updating the Land Use Code to align with the community's. Comprehensive Plan, adopted August 2, 2021. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan click here.
Planning Commission Meeting Information
If you have questions or feedback click here to submit your thoughts online.
The Land Use Code contains regulations for various site elements and development standards, including landscaping. As a supplement to the regulations (those things that are required of new developments and redevelopments), the code will also reference a Landscape and Irrigation Design Manual.
Landscape and Irrigation Design Manual - Draft
The Landscape and Irrigation Design Manual contains best practices for landscaping and irrigation in northern Colorado and a focus on selecting plant materials suited to our dry climate along with methods for improving soil conditions and appropriate amounts of irrigation water to ensure healthy plant growth. The manual is intended to be a guide for new developments, as well as a resource for owners and maintainers of existing landscapes who may wish to make changes to their landscape design in the future. Click here to view the draft Landscape and Irrigation Design Manual.
Wellington Downtown Neighborhood Survey - Results
Click here to view the results of the Downtown Character Survey. The Town of Wellington is working to update our Zoning and Subdivision regulations by combining the two sections in order to create a new unified Land Use Code.
"Zoning" is a set of zone districts that list uses and other requirements for each district and makes up one part of the Land Use Code currently being updated. Community members were invited to complete a survey to help define the character of the Downtown Neighborhoods.
The Land Use Code includes more than just zoning, it also provides a description of all uses, the processes that are available for development, and the standards for development. Your thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated.
The goal of the LUC update is…
- Create more predictable standards and processes
- Provide opportunities for innovative and quality development
- Update to be consistent with the community vision defined in the Comprehensive Plan
- Create a more user-friendly code
- What is the Land Use Code and how does it affect my property rights?
The Land Use Code is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed. The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests with fair and consistent enforcement.
- How can I stay informed about the Land Use Code update?
The best way to stay in the know and receive accurate information is to attend or review Planning Commission meetings. Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless the date conflicts with a holiday.
The Planning Commission will review sections of the Land Use Code during a work session on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. You may access meeting information and material by clicking here. Work sessions are open to the public to observe. Sessions are intended to be a productive collaboration time for the for Planning Commissioners as they work on the LUC. Public comment is not intended to be a part of the agenda and is under the discretion of the commission chair.
Meetings are held at the Leeper Center 3800 Wilson Ave, Wellington, CO 80549 or can be watched digitally on Zoom. Meeting information and material may be found on the Agendas and Minutes page by clicking here.
Updates will be provided on this page of the Town's website and the Town's social media linked below.
- What is the difference between zoning and the Land Use Code?
The Land Use Code includes a description of all uses, the processes that are available for development, and the standards for development. Zoning is one part of the Land Use Code. It is one of the tools that directs property development and use. "Zoning" is a set of zone districts that list uses and other requirements for each district.
- What is a Land Use?
General land use categories identified in the Comprehensive Plan include:
Low Density Residential - A Single Family Home
Medium Density Residential - Primarily single-family and a variety of attached homes (e.g., townhomes, duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and apartments) no taller than 3 stories.
Commercial - Various retail and services ranging from shopping areas, to gyms, hospitality, lodging, entertainment, medical, and social services.
Mixed Use - Primarily restaurants, offices, livework units, mid-rise apartments, condominiums, urban lodging, civic uses, public facilities, and cultural activities
Downtown Neighborhoods - Primarily detached and attached single-family homes, backyard cottages, cottage courts, duplexes to fourplexes, and townhouses, no taller than 3 stories.
Downtown Core - Primarily restaurants, specialty retail, offices, housing, urban lodging, and cultural activities, no taller than 3 stories.
Industrial - Primarily large format buildings for manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, distribution, and processing. Complementary uses may include research and development.
Civic - Town buildings such as offices, the library, community center, and schools; government buildings such as post office and fire department; regional schools or research centers.
The Planning Commission will review sections of the Land Use Code during a work session on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. You may access meeting information and material by clicking here. Work sessions are open to the public to observe. Sessions are intended to be a productive collaboration time for commissioners as they work on the LUC. Public comment is not intended to be a part of the agenda and is under the discretion of the commission chair. Public comment may be given at regular Planning Commission meetings.
The LUC timeline is a continuation of the Comprehensive Plan process, which began in January of 2020. After three phases of public engagement, the Board of Trustees adopted the community vision for the future in August of 2021. The LUC is a more technical document that will align with the vision outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission will review modules from September through December before providing a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in January.
Comprehensive Plan Timeline
Land Use Code Timeline
The Planning Commission will work with Town staff to update and review the LUC before making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees who have the authority to adopt the Code. Due to the complex legal nature of a LUC, the Town has hired subject matter experts to ensure compliance for topics that are regulated by both state and federal agencies. Logan Simpson, LLC and White Smith, LLC were selected from a competitive bidding progress in 2019 as the best suited to provide the needed expertise and legal counsel.