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Development Permits and Appeals Board (DPAB) 

Please be advised that DPAB meetings will be held both in City of Thornton City Hall Council Chambers as well as virtually, using Zoom Meetings. Follow the directions below at the time of the meeting to attend the upcoming DPAB meeting virtually. Meetings are held at 6:00 PM on the first of and third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise stated. Information packets are posted the Friday prior to the scheduled Hearing date. For information about the case, call 303-538-7295 or email us at

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DPAB is responsible for holding public hearings to receive testimony on applications for Development Permits and Variances to Chapter 18 of the City Code.  Proponents and opponents who wish to speak at the meeting are requested to sign up, prior to the beginning of the meeting, on the register located inside the Council Chambers, and limit their remarks to five minutes.  

Generally speaking, the testimony presented to the Board should relate to:

  • Site Plan
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Plan
  • Lighting Plan
  • Variance Requests
  • Specific Use Permits

Development Permits approve specific site layouts for a property based on guidance provided through the approval of a Conceptual Site Plan by City Council.  A Variance is a request to grant an exception to or variation from the zoning regulations when there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in carrying out the provisions of Chapter 18 of the City Code.  The Development Permits and Appeals Board also hears appeals as provided for in the City Code.  Projects brought before the Development Permits and Appeals Board include both residential and commercial developments.  Membership consists of nine individuals. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month and normally begin at 6 p.m. 

DPAB Meetings

1st and 3rd Tuesdays*, 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers
Thornton City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive

*Unless otherwise noted


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