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Oct 08

Existing Zoning

Posted on October 8, 2021 at 4:05 PM by Allison Duncan

At the September 14 Public Open House, there were a number of questions about zoning.  County staff shared a copy of the zoning map.  (The map here includes the base zoning district in the area, but excludes overlay districts for the sake of legibility.)


The area captured in the Scenic Byway study boundary includes approximately 29,500 acres. Of the total acreage, about 80% of the land falls within a traditional residential zoning district – either R-LD (Residential Low Density Zoning District) or RA (Residential Agricultural Zoning District).

Approximately 15% of the total acreage is included in a residential or non-residential Planned Unit Development.  Of these 4,500 acres, the residential planned unit development is most common.  A planned unit development signifies that a project was developed with site specific regulations governed by a master plan.

Less than 4% of the land falls under a non-residential district. The Scenic Byway designation does not anticipate changing any of the base zoning in the district.  The county is evaluating alternatives that will preserve viewsheds and buffers and maximize the conservation of environmentally sensitive areas. This includes the preservation of existing zoning entitlements and opportunities for creative design sensitive to the natural environment.

The Corridor Management Plan will include an extensive analysis of existing zoning conditions and will present options for preserving density neutral build out of the area.  Join us November 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse for the second public open house to learn more.