Purpose of the RLUP

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AUTHORITY:  A cluster development is any division of land that creates parcels containing less than thirty-five acres each, for single-family residential purposes only, where one or more tracts are being divided pursuant to a rural land use process and where at least two-thirds of the total area of the tract or tracts is reserved for the preservation of open space in perpetuity.  No rural land use process shall approve a cluster development that would exceed one residential unit for each seventeen and one-half acre increment of the total area of the property.  The Cluster Development allows the property to be subdivided by a subdivision exemption per State Statutes and the Pueblo County Code.  The Rural Land Use Process is the development review for zoning for design principles.


PURPOSE:  The purpose of the rural land use process is to provide an alternative method of land division that encourages the clustering of single-family residential dwellings and the preservation of open spaces in the rural portions of the County.  it is the intent of this section to allow the County to consider flexible and creative subdivision design concepts under cluster development.


GOALS:  The goals of the Rural Land Use Process are as follows;

1.   To implement a simple and streamlined land use process as an alternative to platting, rezoning, or thirty-five (35) acre land division.

2.  To encourage alternatives to 35-acre parcels that would allow maximum retention of characteristics considered important to Pueblo County and most valued by its citizens.

3.  To maintain and enhance rural character by protecting, preserving, and conserving existing rural landscapes.

4.  To encourage development that promotes continued or future agricultural and ranching land uses and protects the County's rural character, open space, and the character of existing communities while recognizing current zoning.

5.  To preserve the agricultural integrity of Pueblo County and promote its continued productivity.

6.  To reduce infrastructure costs and impacts by providing greater flexibility and efficiency in the siting and design of services and infrastructure.

7.  To encourage and promote good use of the land while responding to lifestyle choices.

8.  To improve rural planning practices and designs by encouraging appropriate and site-sensitive rural residential development.

9.  To create compact neighborhoods within areas that are accessible to open space amenities and with a strong community identity.

10. To assure the preservation of open space and significant wetlands areas, and to protect wildlife or critical areas.

11. To preserve and conserve water resources.