Gerald E. Dahl

Gerald E. Dahl


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Mr. Dahl limits his practice to local government law dealing with all aspects of land use, annexation and government operations. Mr. Dahl is a past general counsel to the Colorado Municipal League and to the Northwest Colorado Council of Government. Mr. Dahl represents municipalities and counties in general government matters and in the planning and development of land. His practice in this field is statewide. He has authored numerous complete land use codes for municipalities and counties. He is a frequent speaker on land use, ethics, and local government issues.


  • B.A., Political Science, University of Colorado
  • J.D., University of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • International Municipal lawyers Association
  • Colorado Municipal League
  • Metro City Attorneys Association

Representative Clients

  • City of Wheat Ridge
  • Colorado Municipal League
  • Town of Georgetown
  • Town of Morrison

Representative Publications

Amendment 41 Ethics in Govt. – Colorado Lawyer

Amendment 41: When is a Gift a Thing of Value?

Transferrable Development Rights. – Colorado Municipalities magazine

Conflicts of Interest in the Public Sector

Creative Public Meeting Issues: Advising the Quasi-Judges

Planning and Development Academy

Small Communities Big Annexations

Steps in the Adoption of Guidelines and Regulations for Administration of Matters of State Interest under CRS 24-65.1-101, et seq.

Annexation; Vested Rights, Colorado Planning & Development Law, Colorado Chapter, APA (Don Elliott, Ed.), 2020

Annexation in Colorado, Colorado Municipal League, 2019

Land Use Law, National Business Institute, 1998; 2000; 2003; 2008

Boundary Law in Colorado, National Business Institute, 1991; 1992; 1996; 2002; 2003; 2007

Negotiating and Drafting Joint Venture Agreements with Private Development Interests, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, 1992

The ABC’s of Planning, Land Use and Zoning, Colorado Municipal League 1992; 1995

Selected Reported  Cases

185 P.3d 161, (Colo. 2008), Town of Telluride v. San Miguel Valley Corp.

2002 WL 31119937, (Colo. App. 2002), Board of County Com’rs of Douqlas County v. City of Aurora

967      P.2d 213, (Colo. App. 1998), Wilde V. City of Wheat Ridge

824      P.2d 48, (Colo. App. 1991), Duranqo Transp, Inc. v..City of Duranqo

809      P.2d 1034, (Colo. App. 1990), City of Craiq v. Hammat

807      P.2d 547, (Colo. 1991), Poudre Valley Rural Elec. Ass’n, Inc. v. City of Loveland

807 P.2d 1197, (Colo. App. 1990), Citizens for Quality Growth Petitioners’ Committee v. City of Steamboat Sprinqs

788 P.2d 764, (Colo. 1990), City and County of Denver v. State

696            P.2d 730, (Colo. 1984), Mt. Emmons Min. Co. v. Town of Crested Butte

647      P.2d 191, (Colo. 1982), Reapportionment of Colorado General Assembly, In re

695 F.2d 465, (C.A. 10 (Colo.) 1982), City and County of Denver, By and Throuqh Bd. of Water Com’rs v. Bergland

517 F.Supp. 155, (D. Colo. 1981), City and County of Denver By and Throuqh Bd. of Water Com’rs v. Berqland

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