Gilpin County Comprehensive Plan

DTJ prepared Gilpin County’s first Comprehensive Plan. With pandemic conditions in place, the project team seamlessly transitioned to virtual community outreach and engagement.

The Vision Statement reveals pride of place, a forward-thinking future, and resulted in three strategies for sustainable growth:

  1. Encourage a mix of uses
  2. Concentrate development in small nodes called village
  3. Predetermine and manage growth for predictability and flexibility

The interdisciplinary planning team worked collaboratively with the community to reach consensus for a proactive strategy to intentionally manage the inevitable development in an orderly fashion, with measures in place to protect the natural environment and beautiful mountain views.

View the Gilpin County Comprehensive Plan here.




Gilpin County


Gilpin County, Colorado




APA Colorado, Merit Award for General Planning Project
Center for Digital Government, Government Experience Award for Innovative Leadership, Smart Use of Technology, and Innovative Engagement
Colorado Government Finance Officers Organization, Significant Contribution Award
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Land Use + Future Villages

The Growth Management Framework for Gilpin County unambiguously directs toward the establishment of villages as places of future development within the County. This calls for a thorough exploration of what such villages may look and feel like. Villages are destinations for people and for various reasons: to gather and socialize, opportunities for commerce, and for people to engage in the rhythms of life and new ideas. Keeping the village location criteria in mind, four villages are recommended for Gilpin County. While consideration was given to a fifth location at North Clear Creek, due to lack of buildable land along CO 119, this location is instead recommended to be a retail destination.

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Transportation Plan

The strategy for the Gilpin County transportation system prepares the County for future land use changes and the population, employment, and recreational growth those changes may produce. Gilpin County remains a pristine mountain location outside of the Denver metro area where the demand for residential and commercial growth continues to rise and the need for outdoor recreational opportunities increases.

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