Master Plans

Summit County's master plans provide policy guidance for decisions related to land use, growth, environmental protection, open space, recreational trails, visual impacts, housing, economic development, and other topics pertinent to the viability of Summit County.

Division of the County

 The county is divided into four geographic basins and each basin has a master plan, which provides further specific direction on land use decisions within the basin. Within each basin there may be a sub-basin plan to address unique circumstances on a neighborhood or regional scale. In addition, within the Upper Blue Basin, the County has adopted a joint master plan with the towns of Breckenridge and Blue River (the Joint Upper Blue Master Plan), which provides a common vision for the future of the basin and serves as a guide for decisions affecting the physical development of the basin within all three jurisdictions. 


The purpose and intent of the master plans is to establish direction and provide specific recommendations for the future physical development of the county and the respective basins. Each plan articulates the community’s common vision for the future and informs citizens, property owners, and developers of the goals, policies, actions, and implementation strategies that will shape the future. Master plans also provide a means for communication and coordination between the County, the towns, special districts, and federal, regional, and state agencies.


Comprehensive Plan Update

A Comprehensive Plan is a long-term strategic document that will help shape future decision related to new development, redevelopment, and County programs and services. The Blueprint Summit process is a way for the Summit County community to share thoughts and ideas for the future. It is an opportunity to contribute to a community vision that will guide the upcoming Comprehensive Plan's goals and policies. Visit today to learn more and get involved. 

Major Development Proposals

As indicated in the Land Use and Development Code, development proposals such as subdivisions, rezonings, planned unit developments, conditional use permits, and regulatory revisions must be evaluated against the relevant master plan(s) to ensure the proposals are generally consistent with the overall direction, intent, and guidance provided in each applicable plan.

Master Plans