The City is beginning a major rewrite of the Thornton Comprehensive Plan. The City currently uses the 2012 Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan provides a vision of what Thornton can be in the future for all aspects ranging from transportation to housing choices and from recreational amenities to employment opportunities. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a long-range guiding document for the City’s systems and services and allows for coordination with all of the detailed plans and implementation programs in which the City engages.

2018-2019 Comprehensive Plan Update:

The Comprehensive Plan rewrite will be ongoing throughout 2018 and 2019 and will have two major phases:

  • Phase I: (completed December 2018) Comprehensive Plan Visioning Process – In this phase, the community will be involved in identifying the core values, vision, and goals for Thornton’s future.
  • Phase II: (underway) Comprehensive Plan Technical Document Update – The rewrite of Thornton’s Comprehensive Plan document will be the focus of Phase II. This phase will incorporate the outcomes of the visioning process.
2018-19 Comprehensive Plan Update Progress 45%


Over the course of five months, residents of Thornton actively engaged in discussions about Thornton’s future. The community has shared with us information about their everyday lives, hopes and challenges, and what they love about living in Thornton.

NEW! The results of this visioning process were presented to City Council at a Planning Session on December 11, 2018. Click here to view the ‘Comprehensive Plan Rewrite Results from Visioning Phase’ material presented to Council.

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