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City of Thornton Comprehensive Plan

Announcement: 2020 Comprehensive Plan Rewrite

The City officially kicked off the planning process for Thornton's 10-year rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan in April 2018. The Comprehensive Plan rewrite will be an ongoing effort through 2020. Click on the link on the right side of the page for more information on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan rewrite.

2012 Comprehensive Plan

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.

The City currently uses the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by City Council at a public hearing on September 11, 2012.  Thornton City Council may periodically approve amendments to the Plan to bring private development proposals into compliance with the Plan's vision. Since adoption of the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, City Council has approved the following amendments:

  • 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.

Components of the Comprehensive Plan

While the 2012 Comprehensive Plan provides the 'big picture' vision, the City also uses more detailed plans and special studies to supplement the broader goals, strategies and actions of the Comprehensive Plan.  These are the Master Plans and Area Plans.

The following chart identifies the City's various "functional" master plans, area plans, and other documents and their relationship to the Comprehensive Plan.


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