Welcome to the 2020 Update to Thornton’s Comprehensive Plan!

The City of Thornton is in the midst of a major rewrite of the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, which will outline a vision for the City’s future and be the new guiding document for the City’s systems.


Project Status  

We’re drawing near to the end of the Comprehensive Plan Update process! Here are the latest updates:

Comprehensive Plan Update Progress: 93%

Comp Plan Vote Postponed!

Last night, City Council decided to postpone consideration of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan until after the upcoming elections. However, the public and Council were able to give comments on the Plan thus far, and the project team will continue to take that feedback into consideration as the plan moves forward. A new date for a public hearing has not yet been scheduled, but this website will be updated regularly with the latest information.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the planning process!

Review: October 2019 Comp Plan Draft

The final draft of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan is now available online!

This document contains five chapters:

  1. Introduction – Highlighting Thornton’s history and how to engage with the Comprehensive Plan document
  2. Plan Process & Community Outreach – Summarizing the process that resulted in this plan with a particular emphasis on community outreach
  3. Policy Framework – Summarizing the 8 Vision Themes and the goals and policies that can help the community reach those visions.
  4. Growth Framework – The Future Land Use Map, a description of each of the land use categories found on the map, and further guidelines for placemaking in mixed-use areas.
  5. Implementation Strategies – A list of strategies for each Vision Theme that identifies departments to take the lead, time horizons for accomplishing these strategies, and the resources that will be needed.


PDF copies of the Plan can be found here or in the Documents Library.


July 2020
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