Long Range Planning provides the foundation for land use code and policy to sustain a dynamic community in balance with the natural environment, for the long term.
The Pitkin County Comprehensive Plan (PDF) was adopted in 2003, and amended in 2023. It integrates all of the Caucus and Neighborhood master plans for the unincorporated area of the County, providing an overview of planning policy and actions supported by those plans and guidance for all County land use policies and actions moving forward.
Neighborhood and Caucus area master plans are developed and periodically updated by Caucuses, as allowed for by the Pitkin County Home Rule Charter (PDF); and adopted by the Planning & Zoning Commission. These plans provide forward-looking direction and recommendations for a broad spectrum of land use issues. The plans are advisory only, yet have significant influence to inform land use policies and actions. To review plans in progress, please visit Current Master Plan Updates.
Pitkin County covers 970 square miles. The total population of Pitkin County is 17,358. The median age of residents is 45.9 years old. The median household income of Pitkin County residents is $92,708, and the average home value is $730,000. (Source: 2020 US Census Bureau)