The current LUC was adopted in 1996, almost 30 years ago. The city has grown and needs have changed. The code contains errors and inconsistencies. An update is needed for ease of use, simplification of review process, and ensuring standards support the city's housing needs.
The City of Cortez has held in-person and digital meetings throughout April and May. Please see Calendar at the bottom of this webpage for more upcoming events.
The regulations of the Land Use Code have been established in accordance with a comprehensive plan for the purpose of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the city.
The regulations have been designed:
to lessen the congestion in the streets
to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers
to provide adequate light and air
to prevent the overcrowding of land
to avoid undue concentration of population
to promote energy conservation; and
to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other public requirements.
The regulations have been made with reasonable consideration, among other things, for the character of the districts, and their peculiar suitability for the particular uses specified; and with a view of conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the city consistent with a comprehensive plan.