- Site plan questions
- What if I cannot meet dimensional standard requirements (setbacks, height, lot coverage, etc.)?
- How do I submit an Open Records request?
- How do I apply for an Agricultural Structure Exemption from the Building Code?
- Can I have a shipping container on my property?
- How do I subdivide my property?
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How do I know if I am located in unincorporated El Paso County?
A way to determine if a property/parcel is in unincorporated El Paso County, use the El Paso County Assessor Property Search. to find property information either by parcel, address, or owner name.
Once the property/parcel is located, the “Public Record Property Information” page will be displayed. Scroll down the page and find the list of the parcel’s taxing entities. A parcel is under County jurisdiction if no taxing entities begin with the words “city of” or “town of” followed by name of an incorporated city/town.
What is an Early Assistance meeting?
- Early Assistance (EA) Meetings are designed to provide applicants with the information needed to complete the development application process(es). Typically, EA Meetings are necessary for projects that require a hearing before the Planning Commission and / or Board of County Commissioners such as a zone change, subdivision, or variance of use. EA meetings may be requested for other development application process(es).A team consisting of a review engineer, stormwater engineer, and a planner will be assigned to a request for an EA meeting. EA Meetings last approximately one (1) hour, can be held virtual or in-person, and have a fee of $427.
- Recordings of each EA meeting are uploaded into the associated EA file in EDARP.
- You may apply for an EA meeting through EDARP.
- Not sure if you need an Early Assistance Meeting? Email the Planner of the Day at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I can't meet dimensional standard requirements?
There are two different application types to request relief from a dimensional standard. The first, and more streamlined process, is administrative relief. This application type generally allows for approval of a 20% reduction in the dimensional standards. The second is a dimensional variance before the Board of Adjustment. This application type allows for approval of any requested reduction in the dimensional standards but is unlikely to be approved without the applicant demonstrating that there is a hardship in place, or a reason why the land will not allow for the standard to be met.
- Administrative Relief
The application must qualify for and meet the criteria within the Section 5.5.1 of the Land Development Code. This is an administrative approval process which generally takes 1-2 months to approve, depending on the number of submittals required to resolve comments. The application fee for Administrative Relief is $587. The administrative relief application may not be submitted without initial discussions with planning staff to determine that your specific proposal qualifies for such an application. If you wish to learn more about the process or wish to move forward with making a submission please email us at email@example.com and you will be connected to a member of our planning staff.
- Board of Adjustment
Alternatively, if more than 20% relief is required in order to make reasonable use of the property, then a Board of Adjustment application is required. Please note that it is required that a Board of Adjustment application meets all criteria outlined in Section 5.5.2 of the Code, which is more stringent than the administrative relief criteria (particularly demonstrating undue hardship, like topography). Please also note that as this is not an administrative process, approval by the Board of Adjustment is not guaranteed and that application fees are non-refundable. The application fee for Board of Adjustment is $1037.00. You must begin the Board of Adjustment process with an Early Assistance meeting (EA). The fee for an EA meeting is $437.00. If you wish to learn more about the process, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be connected to a member of our planning staff.