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Land Division & Boundary Change Options

The Land Use Code has different options, processes and requirements for subdividing property. These options vary, depending primarily on a property's location and size. If you're making changes to property line locations (boundary adjustments or combining parcels), the process will depend on how the original lots were created.

County review and approval is required for:

  • Dividing property into two or more parcels (*unless all parcels created are at least 35 acres in size)
  • Most boundary/property line changes
  • Vacating rights-of-way and easements
  • Creating condominiums

Detailed information for these and other related processes is found in Section 5.0 of the Land Use Code. Additional information regarding development processes is found in Section 12.0 Common Procedures for Development Review. 

Purpose

To allow existing, contiguous legal lots, not in a platted subdivision, to be combined into one parcel.

Qualifying property types

Contiguous legal lots can be combined by Add-On Agreement except:

  • Lots in recorded Subdivisions, Planned Land Divisions, Conservation Developments, Minor Land Divisions.
  • Lots in a Minor Residential Development approved under previous subdivision regulations.
  • Lots in an approved exemption, whether recorded or not.
Application Forms

Add-on Agreement Submittal Packet 

Amended Plat

Lot line changes and/or lot consolidations in approved, recorded subdivisions or other previously platted land divisions

Qualifying property types

Contiguous lots in approved, recorded subdivisions may be reconfigured or combined by an Amended Plat.

  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Minor Residential Developments (approved under Subdivision regulations).
  • Recorded Subdivisions
  • Conservation Developments
  • Rural Land Plans
  • Planned Land Divisions
  • Approved Exemptions, whether recorded or not
  • Right-of-Way Vacation - Right-of-Way Vacations that result in a new lot configuration requires an Amended Plat to adjust the property boundaries.
Application Forms

Amended Plat Application Packet 

Boundary Line Adjustment 

Adjust the boundary lines between contiguous legal lots NOT in a platted subdivision.

Qualifying property types

Common boundaries between contiguous legal lots can be reconfigured by a Boundary Line Adjustment except:

  • Lots in recorded Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments or Minor Residential Developments approved under previous Subdivision regulations.
  • Lots in recorded Minor Land Divisions, Conservation Developments or Planned Land Divisions
  • Lots in approved exemptions, whether recorded or not.
Application Forms

Boundary Line Adjustments Submittal Packet 

Lot Consolidation 

Lot consolidations only for contiguous lots in approved, recorded subdivisions

Qualifying property types

Contiguous whole lots in approved, recorded subdivisions may be combined by a Lot Consolidation.

  • Planned Unit Developments
  • Minor Residential Developments (approved under Subdivision regulations)
  • Recorded Subdivisions
  • Conservation Developments
  • Rural Land Plans
  • Planned Land Divisions
  • Approved exemptions, whether recorded or not
Application Forms

Lot Consolidation Submittal Packet

 

Process Information

An owner of an existing building seeking to covert that building into condominium units must obtain County Commissioner approval of a Condominium Map under Review Criteria listed in Section 5.12 of the Larimer County Land Use Code. 

Application Forms

Condominium Maps Submittal Packet 

Process Information 

Refer to Section 5.9 of the Larimer County Land Use Code regarding proposals to eliminate (vacate) easements or right-of-way. 

Application Forms 

Easement and Right-of-way Submittal Packet 

General Development Plans are for all Subdivision, Conservation Development and Planned Development to be completed in more than one phase. General Development Plans are an opportunity for the applicant to go to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners, via public hearing, to find out if the general concept of the proposed land division is acceptable to them. 

For additional information regarding General Development Plans, refer to Section 5.13.3 of the Larimer County Land Use Code. 

Application Forms

General Development Packet

Process Information

Minor Land Division Process Guide 

Application Forms

Minor Land Division - Submittal Form

For additional information regarding the Minor Land Division Process, refer to section 5.4 of the Larimer County Land Use Code. 

Planned Land Division Purpose

The Planned Land Division/Planned Development allows flexibility in the design of urban development to carry out intergovernmental agreements between the county and municipalities. A Planned Land Division is intended to conform to the types of land division allowed by the applicable municipality. The land uses and density of the Planned Land Division must also conform to the types of land uses and density called for in the municipality’s comprehensive plan for the area. During the process, the property is also concurrently rezoned to PD-Planned Development in order to achieve the desired land uses and density objectives of the municipality’s comprehensive plan, be consistent with the applicable supplementary regulations for the Growth Management Area zone district, and be consistent with the LaPorte Area Plan (if applicable).

Land Division Process Guide - Planned Land Division 

Land Division - Sketch Plan

Land Division - Preliminary Plat

Land Division - Final Plat

The Rural Land Use Process is:

  • An alternative development process which offers the ability to subdivide property while still maintaining agricultural lands or other open space.  
  • Incentives can be granted to encourage clustered development to help retain the rural and agricultural lands of Larimer County.
  • The process is intended to be voluntary, user-friendly, and flexible.
  • Uses guidelines to allow flexibility for each unique piece of land.  
  • Land features that are of value to Larimer County residents are identified and efforts made to preserve them.
  • Less restrictive, faster, and more predictable in the outcome when compared to other development processes.

Fees

Fee Type Amount
Application Fee $500*
Hearing Fee $50 per home site
Final Plat Fee $500
Final Fees (paid by building permit applicant) $1250 per home site
Amended Plat Fee $885

*Additional fees such as the Wildfire Review Fee may also apply and would be in addition

Forms & Guidelines

Rural Land Use Process

Describes steps in the process

Final plat procedural guide packet

Used for applicants, surveyors, and engineers to help determine requirements for the final plat and needed documents

Standards and guidelines for roads and drainage

Standards were adopted by the Board of County Commissioners

Engineering certification forms

Used by engineers to certify the design/constructions of 

Road name signs and traffic control devices

All road names signs and traffic control devices must conform to these standards

RLUP Customer Responsibilities Handout

Six ways to help the final plat process

Addressing Requirements

Use these resources as a reference: Street Names, Subdivision Names

Rural Land Use Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to “advise the Rural Land Use Center staff on process negotiations and policy decisions, make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding rural land development, changes to the Rural Land Use Process, and proposed preliminary rural land plans.

Subdivision Purpose

A subdivision is intended to provide a process for creating new lots when the original lot is less than 30 acres in size and is outside of a Growth Management Area.

Land Division Process Guide - Subdivision 

Land Division - Sketch Plan Review

Land Division - Preliminary Plat

Land Division - Final Plat

Conservation Development Purpose

The Conservation Development process is intended to ensure that residential development on parcels of 30 acres or more (outside Growth Management Area districts) are creatively designed to maintain the open character of rural areas and protect agricultural uses and environmentally-sensitive areas while allowing development that is consistent with the density of the zoning district. A Conservation Development is accomplished by clustering development on lots smaller than would otherwise be allowed by the zoning district and by keeping the remainder of the site in residual land.

Land Division Process Guide - Conservation Development 

Land Division - Sketch Plan 

Land Division - Preliminary Plat

Land Division - Final Plat 

 

Properties created under the provisions of Senate Bill 35, that are 35-acre or larger, do not require approval by the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners.  A minimum of 70-acres is required to divide property in this manner. Parcels created by Senate Bill 35 are subject to all other applicable county regulations, including zoning and building codes, but are not subject to development standards.

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