Community Development & Planning

The purpose of the Community Development Department is to provide for orderly and efficient growth and development of the Town and protection of the quality of life for its residents and the business community.

The Community Development Department is committed to providing outstanding customer service to the citizens of Palisade. 

If you have any questions about planning, zoning, land use, or development within the Town, please contact the department at planning@townofpalisade.org

Palisade Land Development Code


The Palisade Land Development Code is the document which establishes the regulations and standards governing the use and development of land with the Town.  It includes provisions for the annexation, subdivision and zoning of land, as well as the procedures governing the administrative and public review of development applications.  Also included are Town standards for site design, landscaping, parking and public infrastructure.  

The Land Development Code is adopted for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Palisade.

Land Development Code

Comprehensive Plan


The Town of Palisade, thanks to a grant from the Department of Local Affairs, has completed an update to the Palisade Comprehensive Plan.

The 2022 Palisade Game Plan (the “2022 Game Plan”) will guide future land-use decisions in Palisade to realize the vision developed through this community engagement process. The 2022 Game Plan allows the community to collaborate on Palisade’s future. The 2022 Game Plan was adopted by the Palisade Planning Commission on February 7, 2023 and by the Palisade Board of Trustees on February 28, 2023.


2022 Palisade Game Plan

A Comprehensive Plan is an official public document designed to guide the future development or redevelopment of a community in order to create and maintain a desirable environment and to promote the public health, safety, and welfare. The plan is intended for use by public officials, citizens, and developers in making decisions about future development of the Town of Palisade and the surrounding area of Mesa County.

Planning Clearance Applications


From building remodels to fence building to a new subdivision, the Town of Palisade works with its community to ensure responsible development that adheres to the overall community plan.  When filling out community planning applications, please remember that all forms must be filled out in their entirety.  If you have any questions, please call us at (970) 464-5602, or email planning@townofpalisade.org

Planning Clearance Applications

Palisade Zoning


The Town of Palisade has created specific zone districts, the boundaries of which are established by ordinance and displayed on an "Official Zoning Map".  This map can be found on the Town GIS site at the link below. *Note, use the zoning overlay on the layer list.

The zone districts are established to implement the Comprehensive Plan and to promote the purposes of the Land Development Code.  A summary of these zone districts can be found in the key below.

These maps are not accurate for legal descriptions and do not substitute for surveys or official records. Use these maps for your convenience, knowing that you and others who may rely on your use assume all risk and responsibility. The City is not liable for any damages or injuries resulting from the use of this information.


Community Evaluation & Profile Reports


The Town of Palisade works in conjunction with the State of Colorado to provide snapshots of vital statistics and demographic trends about the Town.  A sample of these recent snapshots can be found at the links below.


Community Evaluation Report                Community Profile Report - 2021                Community Profile Report - 2018

Code Compliance


For questions or concerns about code compliance, please click the following link

Code Compliance Page