Planning and Zoning

The Planning Department is working in the office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, we respectfully request that citizens call or email with general inquiries instead of coming to City Hall in person.

The City of Florence Planning Department works on all land development and zoning issues. They also work on various grants, special projects, code revisions, and economic development initiatives.

Whether you are looking to relocate a business or have a question about a shed on your property, please contact the Planning Director.

Planning Director - Sean Garrett

  • 719-784-4848 ext. 227 

Planning Administrative Assistant

  • 719-784-4848 ext. 226 

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Florence Master Plan

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The City of Florence spent two years creating a Master Plan. The State of Colorado requires communities to develop a master plan to guide their future land use, planning, and growth decisions. The City facilitated focus groups and went out into the community from 2016 and 2017 to talk to citizens and business leaders about the current and future state of the City. The primary areas of concern and focus for the City were economic development/job creation, housing, recreation, and youth engagement, although the plan covers much more. If you have comments or feedback, please contact the Planning Director, 

The Florence Master Plan was approved at the Planning Commission Meeting held at City Hall on June 1, 2017. It was then ratified at the City Council Meeting held at City Hall on June 5, 2017.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

What is an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are secondary living areas on a residential lot or within the main home. ADUs are often referred to as ancillary apartments, mother-in-law suites/cottages, granny flats, or guesthouses. These residential units are smaller than the main home and include a sleeping area, sanitary facilities, and gas/electrical facilities for cooking. ADUs can come in a number of forms, such as:

  • Above a detached garage

  • A separate structure in the backyard

  • Attached to the main house as a converted basement or attic

Click here to view a guide to ADUs by AARP

ADU Types

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Proposed Ordinance

The Florence City Council and Planning Commission have discussed implementing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Florence city limits. This would allow property owners in specific zones throughout the city to have a second dwelling unit on their property as long as certain criteria are met.

Click here to read the proposed ADU Ordinance

Click here for more information from the City of Florence

The City of Florence would like your feedback on the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. Please provide as much information and be as specific as possible, so we can better address these concerns. These items will be reviewed and may be discussed at Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

If you have additional comments, please contact the Planning Director, Wade Broadhead, at or 719-784-4848 ext. 227.

Planning and Community Development


This section is devoted to the planning, zoning, and community development efforts and projects initiated by City Council and the City Manager's Office.

Principal Florence Projects:

CDOT design for a rebuilding of Pikes Peak / State Highway 67 - FINISHED

CDOT/DOLA Improvements at State Highway 67 and 115 and Storm water Study - FINISHED

NRCS Dry Creek Dam Repair Project - FINISHED

Florence to Canon Non-Motorized Trail


Upcoming Projects/Bids/Requests for Service

Economic Development

Florence has a very ambitious staff with a can-do attitude working for the economic development of the City.

Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, easy access to major highways, and with affordable land, plentiful water, and a great growing season, Florence is a great place to open a business! With a thriving antique market and unique emerging culinary district, City officials work alongside local business people, citizens, and regional partners (such as Fremont Economic Development Corporation) to assist existing business as well as try and help new business prospects located in Florence.

The City is one of only a few small Colorado communities to create an Urban Renewal Authority and is open to creative incentives and partnerships that create new jobs and expand existing businesses. Do you have an idea for a business or looking to relocate to Florence? Please contact City Manager Mike Patterson at 719-784-4848 to discuss it. If you have general development or zoning questions for your potential business, please contact Planning Director

Floodplain Management

The City of Florence is crisscrossed by the floodplain from the Arkansas River as well as tributaries creeks such as Coal and Oak Creek. Though generally dry, Florence has experienced period storm-related flooding in the past, and as such, the City participates in the National Floodplain Management Program and regulates all developments in floodplains within its city boundaries by ordinance. Before conducting any development to homes in the floodplain, please contact Planning Director.