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City of Thornton Comprehensive Plan

New 2020 Comprehensive Plan adopted July 15, 2020

The City recently completed the 10-year rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan. City Council approved the 2020 Comprehensive Plan on July 15, 2020, with amendments. Please go to the webpage for the new 2020 Comprehensive Plan which replaces the 2012 Comprehensive Plan.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Comprehensive Planning process! Your valued involvement contributed toward creating a great plan for the future of Thornton. The Planning Team appreciated meeting so many members of the Thornton community and hearing about their visions for the future.

The Thornton Comprehensive Plan establishes goals, major strategies and key policies for Thornton’s neighborhoods, future jobs, and potential amenities for city residents. It also serves as an advisory document for development in the city. This Plan gives a broad overview of how the city will grow, and where future development or redevelopment will occur. This document is not regulatory in nature like the City Code or zoning map, but provides an overall vision of how development should take place in the city in decades to come.

Previous 2012 Comprehensive Plan

Prior to the adoption of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, the City used the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by City Council at a public hearing on September 11, 2012. The 2012 Comprehensive Plan document is linked on the right side of this page for historic reference only. The 2012 Plan is superseded by the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The following amendments to the 2012 Comprehensive Plan were approved by City Council:

  • In March 2015, City Council approved an amendment to the Future Land Use Map.
  • In August 2017, City Council approved an amendment the Employment Center Future Land Use category in Section 3 of the Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Map.
  • In September 2017, City Council approved an amendment to the Gateway/Mixed Use Future Land Use category in Section 3 of the Comprehensive Plan.


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