City of Thornton, City Clerk, Boards and Commissions
Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Application
The purpose of the Planning Commission is to assist in the orderly development of the city by providing review of planning, zoning, and development-related matters. The Planning Commission is responsible for holding public hearings to review and provide recommendations to City Council on the following applications and city-initiated plans:
- Major Comprehensive Plan Amendments and supporting Master Plans, Area Plans and other land use-related assessments or analyses
- Amendments to the Development Code (Chapter 18 of the City Code)
- Zoning Amendments
- Planned Development Zoning and Overall Development Plans
- Conceptual Site Plans
The Planning Commission also holds public hearings to review and make decisions on Specific Use Permits (SUP) and Major Development Permits that require an SUP. Development Permits approve specific site design and layout for a property.
Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment consists of the same individuals who serve on the Planning Commission. This board is responsible for holding public hearings on Variances which are requests 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 the Development Code. The board also considers appeals of administrative planning decisions and interpretations of the Development Code.
Membership and Qualifications
Membership consists of nine individuals appointed by City Council with representation from each ward. Two of the members must have professional experience in fields such as urban planning, architecture, land use, real estate, transportation, engineering, environmental science, or law. The experience should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of planning principles, practices, and the ability to analyze and evaluate development proposals.
Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month and normally begin at 6 p.m.