Planning Department

Kris Hall
Planning and Zoning Administrator
719-846-9843 extension 120

The City was awarded a DOLA grant to assist city efforts to remove barriers to housing from the land use code and improve our GIS resources.  Read the report below and participate in land use reform in 2022 by attending PZVC meetings, sending written comments to Council or to the Planning Department. Areas in the code with the potential to impact housing supply and development include: ADUs, housing type, architectural guidance, lot sizes, frontages, setbacks, height limits, density, infill, parking, allowable uses, and affordability bonuses. The Report linked to below analyzes results from the Neighborhood Values survey conducted in 2021 as well as a critique of each area of the City's code that has the potential to impact new housing development.


The Planning Department handles most matters related to land use, zoning, and Chapter 14 of the Municipal Code. 

Zone changes, subdivisions, and annexations require public hearings and approval from both Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission and City Council;  variances, conditional use permits require a public hearing before only the Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission. Please contact the Planning Administrator to schedule a pre-application meeting for any of these processes, and download land use application and other relevant documents below. 

View the Development Flow Chart to get an idea of how an application submitted to the Planning Department is processed and what hearings are involved.

For more information on the Planning, Zoning and Variance and Historic Preservation Commission please visit the Boards and Commissions page (opens in new window)

See our Meetings and Agendas page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings and agendas. Past Commission agendas or minutes are available upon request.

Planning Resources:

  • 2017 Comprehensive Plan -- The Comprehensive Plan is the City's guiding document for long-term planning and establishes the foundation and intent for the zoning code. It covers land use, economic development, neighborhoods and housing, transportation, recreation, tourism and cultural resources, as well as public infrastructure and services. 
  • Zoning Code: The city's zoning and land use regulations are covered in Chapter 14 of the Municipal Code.
  • Historic Resources Survey Plan (2021) (opens in new window) 

2022 Traffic Study   (opens in new window) 

Available upon request:

  • 2015 Trails and Greenways Master Plan
  • Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2015)
  • Wayfinding and Signage Plan (2011)
  • Parking Study (2009)
  • Brick Street Study (1999)

Brownfield Assessment Grant

A Coalition of the City of Trinidad, Town of Aguilar and Las Animas County have received a $600,000 EPA assessment grant to conduct Phase I and Phase II Brownfield Assessments. Brownfields are any property that is underused as a result of actual or perceived contamination, including asbestos, lead paint, petroleum, solvents, or other types of contamination. 

See the EPA's website for more information


Short-term and long-term housing challenges in Trinidad and Las Animas County were discussed at the Trinidad City Council's work session on February 22, 2021. 

See the following websites for information on the topic:

Planning Applications:

Applications are due 20 business days prior to a Planning Commission meeting and are to be submitted to the Planning Department. The Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Applicants or someone authorized to represent them are expected to attend all public hearings. See Development Review Fees for costs of each type of application. 

Download the application and guidance appropriate for your project below: