Land Use

The land use element describes objectives, policies, and programs for areas within a jurisdiction’s boundaries in both narrative and graphic terms and establishes development criteria and standards, including building intensity and population density. Land use categories are used to depict the general distribution, location, and extent of public and private uses of land.



Includes the identification, location, and design of existing and proposed major thoroughfares, transportation routes, trails, multi-modal transportation options, and local public utilities and facilities. It serves as an infrastructure plan and must be correlated with the land use element.



Analyzes housing needs for all income groups and demonstrates how to meet those needs. State law requires that this element be revised, at a minimum, every five years.



The primary focus of the conservation element is preservation of Westminster’s natural resources. The element addresses the identification, conservation, development, and use of resources including energy and natural gas, water and natural landforms.


Open Space

Intends to provide a plan for the long-term preservation of open space. It must specify plans and measures for preserving open space for natural resources, for managing the production of resources, for outdoor recreation, and for public health and safety.



Identifies and analyzes projected noise conditions in the community and must include measures to abate or mitigate potential noise levels.



Identifies seismic, geologic, flood, and wildfire hazards, evacuation routes, and establishes policies to protect the community from them.


Optional Elements

In addition to the elements required by state law, a city or county may adopt other elements that relate to its growth over time. Common themes for optional elements include: recreation, air quality, historic preservation, community design, and economic development. Optional elements have the same force and effect as the statutory elements.