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Land Use, Zoning & Land Development
The Master Plan
The 2015 Churchill County Master Plan (5.7 MB file may take a few moments to download) provides the framework foundation for decision making on matters relating to growth and development. The Master Plan focuses on land use and development issues facing Churchill County and establishes goals and policies that address countywide issues and concerns.. All sections except Section 12, Policy Plan for Public Lands were updated, this section will be updated in early 2016.

The land use element of the Master Plan establishes a planned pattern for the development of Churchill County. The Master Land Use Plan / Growth Management Plan describes general locations appropriate for agriculture and low density residential uses and designates an urbanizing area for more intensive mixed uses.

All property in Churchill County has a zoning designation identified on the county Zoning Map (7 MB file may take a few moments to download). There are five distinct land use districts: agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and rural resource. There are also a total of nine zoning designations. View a brief description of land use districts

Title 16, Consolidated Development Code
provides for the permitting procedures, development standards and land division requirements applicable for each zoning designation (This is a 39.4 MB file and may take a few minutes to download). The planning director also has authority to administratively grant abandonment of utility easements, administrative special use permits, and administrative variances.