The provisions made in the 1960s and early 1970s for Westminster's growth and development set the stage for potentially excessive population surges.
By 1977, the City Council realized the quality of life in Westminster, particularly the capacity to provide enough municipal services, could be jeopardized if the level of growth was not kept in line with the ability to provide necessary services.
As a means of dealing with this growth, the Growth Management Plan was drafted in 1977 and adopted in 1978. The plan called for allocating service commitments as a method of managing water and other key resources. The number of service commitments available each year is based on the City's ability and capacity to absorb new growth.
The "pay as you go" system of financing capital expansions is a by-product of the Growth Management Plan, along with the strong emphasis placed on water conservation.
Through the 1980s, Westminster continued to grow. The Westminster Center Plan was adopted by the City Council in 1982 to guide the development and land use near the geographic center of the City - the area judged most likely to experience the greatest concentration of growth.
The Growth Management Plan survived several major legal attacks and has been upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court. However, the city's blistering growth during the late 1980s and early 1990s forced the City Council to place a moratorium on new building projects before growth could once again outstrip Westminster's ability to provide services. An updated template was needed to guide the City's tremendous growth.
The current Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted in 1997 and updated in 2004.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan