Land Use

Personnel & Responsibilities

Community Development's Land Use Department administers regulations that govern development and modifications to property. Examples of land use projects are parcel divisions, boundary line adjustments, substantial developments such as commercial resorts or marinas, and critical area management. 

The professional planners in the Land Use division process land use applications, coordinate with consultants and committees working on amendments or new regulations, and provide staff support to the County Council, Planning Commission, and Hearing Examiner. Review of proposed land use projects is conducted with a goal of facilitating development that is compliant with federal, state and county regulations, that ensures the safety or residents and visitors, and that minimizes environmental impact.

San Juan County Code contains standards and permit requirements for property development in the County. Most land use regulations are in Title 16, Land Use and Development, or Title 18 also referred to as the Unified Development Code (UDC). Helpful links are listed below.