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Planning Commissioner Resources


Following are resources that summarize many land use planning topics of importance to Colorado planning commissioners, staff, and elected officials. These are short and easy-to-read handouts, helpful to new as well as seasoned staff and elected and appointed officials involved in local land use planning efforts.

Planning Overview and Authority

Long-Range Planning

Meetings and Decision-Making

Legal and Ethical Issues

Additional Resources

PlannersWeb: This is a good resource on a variety of planning topics targeted to planning commissioners.

Note: The following resources are available online by a third party for purchase.

  • Elliott, Donald L, ed. Colorado Land Planning and Development Law, 10th Edition. Denver: CBA-CLE (CLE in Colorado, Inc.), December 2015.
  • Dale, C. Gregory et al. The Planning Commissioners Guide.Chicago/Washington DC: APA Planners Press, 2013.
  • Land Use in Colorado Research Report (July 2022)


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