Johnstown Planning & Development Department

Planning & Development is responsible for:

The Planning & Development Department provides professional guidance to the Johnstown Town Council, staff, businesses, citizens, and interested parties on all matters related to land use and development:

  • On-call planning & land use questions
  • Zoning
  • Annexations
  • Land Use
  • Apply, Enforce, & Maintain Municipal Code Chapters 15-17
  • Development Project Review & Management
  • Downtown Façade Grant Program
  • Water Dedication for new/changing development
  • Long range planning
  • Floodplain management
  • Development construction permitting

The department refers to Town plans and policies to guide and facilitate high-quality development that provides needed services and housing, and contributes to systematic and sustainable growth. The department staffs the Town Council and PZC, providing professional review and analysis, and administrative support for all land use cases. Planning Staff performs daily on-call services to respond to and research a wide variety of land use and community planning questions and requests for permit and project information. Comprehensive information on development projects (plats, plans, reports, agreements, fees) is managed through the department. Planning & Development works closely with other Town departments, neighboring jurisdictions, and external agencies to further the long-term vision and mission of the Town.

Click to view all of the projects that are currently active in Johnstown's Development Review Process

Planning and Development Resources


The new Johnstown Land Use & development Code became effective May 11, 2023. 

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*Please contact Public Works or Utilities with questions related to these design standards*

Introduction and Table of Contents
Part I Storm Drainage Design Standards
Part II Street Design Standards
Part III Water Design Standards
Part IV Sanitary Sewer Design Standards
Part V Specifications and Details Design Standards
Construction Drawing Submittal and Review Information
Addendum re: Ramps -Tactile Surface
Larimer County Urban Street Standards (LCUASS)
Mile High Flood District
CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division Air Permits
CDPHE Water Quality Control Division 
US Army Corps of Engineers Permitting
Traffic Impact Study Guidelines

Utilities Director - Ellen Hilbig, ehilbig@johnstownco.gov
Town Engineer - Doug Gossett, dgossett@johnstownco.gov

Streets and Stormwater Design Standards Focus Group:

The Town has convened a focus group to contribute to the review process of the proposed updated to the Town's Design Standards. The proposal will update the following sections:

  • Chapter 3: Land Disturbance
  • Chapter 4: Streets
  • Chapter 6: Storm Drain
  • Chapter 9: Standard Details (Streets and Storm Drain)
  • Appendix A (for reference only)

Comments will be accepted until March 15, 2024.

Streets and Stormwater Design Standards Update