New Land Use Code Amendments Encourage Greenhouses

Fewer Barriers to GreenhouseDevelopment Hoped to Encourage More Local Food Production


Beginning February 1st it will be easier to build a greenhouse in Pitkin County and local officials hope that translates into more local food production. Land Use Code Regulations have been amended to provide exemptions for greenhouses from floor area calculations and the site plan review process.


“We hope that these amendments to the Land Use Code for greenhouses will inspire more local food production and make it easier for extended season and year-round growing,” said Senior Planner,Suzanne Wolff.


The need for Land Use Code Amendments related to greenhouses was identified during a 2010 Caucus Round table discussion with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). Local food growers asked the County to provide incentives for greenhouses to encourage local food production.  The greenhouse amendments received final approval in December 2013.


“Beginning in February greenhouseswill be exempt from floor area based on lot size – ranging from 320 squarefeet on a lot of less than one acre to 1,600 square feet on a lot of 35 acresor more.  In addition, qualifying projects may be able toskip our Site Plan Review process altogether,” Wolff said.


Greenhouses in excess of 3,000 square feet will require Special Review by the BOCC. A summary of the Land Use Code amendments for greenhouses can be found online at:





Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014