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Adams County Project Review Process

Adams County Project Review Process

If you have a property in Unincorporated Adams County, Colorado and you want to design and build a new project, you will be required to follow a specific process to get your design reviewed and approved.
To start, you would need to submit a pre-application. The pre-application process, or The Conceptual Review, is an opportunity to gather all of the information you need for the project. This allows you to understand better the county’s requirements and land use regulations for your property and ultimately increases your knowledge and ability to make key decisions regarding your project. In addition, it allows you to discuss your project with the county in a productive manner.

Here are the four steps to complete the pre-submittal conceptual review process:
  1. Conceptual Review Submittal

  2. Staff Review

  3. Conceptual Review Meeting

  4. Conceptual Review Response

Conceptual Review Submittal

This process requires that you submit a completed checklist of items to the county before the first meeting. The checklist can be found on the county’s website or this link. This process takes between 2-3 weeks. The checklist outlines exactly what items you need to submit, including the Development Application Form, Application Fee, Written Explanation of the Project, Site Plan Showing the Proposed Development, Certificate of Taxes Paid, Owner Authorization, and Proof of Utility Service.

Staff Review

Adams County will assign a Project Manager to your project who will also be your point of contact throughout the review process. The Project Manager will send your project to other County Departments and external agencies for review. They will send all comments in a report one week before the Conceptual Review Meeting.

Conceptual Review Meeting

Usually, 2-3 weeks after the checklist items have been submitted, the county will host the Conceptual Review Meeting. Meetings are held on Mondays between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Adams County staff, including the Project Manager and engineers, will be present. It could also be a good idea to bring a professional to answer any design-related questions.

During this meeting, the staff will discuss their comments regarding your pre-application. The Project Manager will outline the next steps and other submittal requirements for your development applications.


Conceptual Review Response

One week after the meeting, all final comments will be sent out to the applicant, summarizing issues discussed at the meeting related to the development application. Any other submittal requirements will also be identified. Finally, all the comments from external agencies will also be listed in the final response letter.