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Community Development Services Update
September 2019

Greetings from the La Plata County Planning Department! Below you will find a news update on the projects, plans and processes afoot in our department, at the Planning Commission, and at the Board of County Commissioners. Thank you for your interest in La Plata County!
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District Plan Updates
The Planning Commission is working with community residents to update the county's area/district plans, which build off of the goals, objectives, and policies that were developed in the Comprehensive Plan that the Planning Commission adopted in April 2017.

There are 12 district (area) plans that have been revised as recently as 2012, while some have never been developed. In order to ensure that the growth management goals for each area/district are current, the Planning Commission has begun a district-by-district update of the plans, with county planning staff convening citizens from each district to weigh in on their area/district plans.

In September, the Planning Commission will hold a number of work sessions and regular meetings to discuss district plan updates. See below for complete schedule.

Each plan:
  • Identifies the unique characteristics of a particular district
  • Captures key growth-related issues within each district
  • Establishes goals, policies and objectives to guide growth in each district
  • Assists the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner in evaluating the density, type, location and compatibility of land uses in each district
These advisory documents, which were first established in the early 1990s, provide district-specific growth management recommendations to the Planning Commission, as framed by the goals, policies and objectives in the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan. 

Get involved in your plan!
Each of the 12 planning area/district in La Plata County has a web page full of area/district plan update resources! Check it out here:
Animas Valley Zoning District
Bayfield District Plan
Durango District Plan
Florida Mesa District Plan
Florida Road District Plan
Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan
Junction Creek District Plan
La Posta District Plan
North County District Plan
Southeast District Plan
Vallecito District Plan
West Durango District Plan

Visit the District Plan Update webpage for an overview of the update process. Not sure what your district is? Use this tool to find out!

Please contact the La Plata County Planning Department at (970) 382-6263 with any questions.

Planning Commission Meetings
All meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 4 - Work Session
District Plan Update 
The Planning Commission will hold a work session to discuss the District Plan update process. In addition to general discussion of the plan updates, the work session will focus specifically on:
  • Animas Valley District Plan 
    The Planning Commission will review the draft Animas Valley District Plan as part of the overall updating of the district plans. There will be discussion of the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  •  Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  •  Florida Mesa District Plan
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
Sept. 5
The Planning Commission will discuss the district plan update process in general, as well as review draft plans submitted for adoption.
  • General discussion of District Plan updates
  • Southeast District Plan
    The Planning Commission will discuss the creation of the Southeast District Plan as part of the overall updating of the district plans. There will be discussion of the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  • Vallecito District Plan update
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Vallecito District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
Sept. 12
The Planning Commission will discuss the district plan update process in general, as well as review draft plans submitted for adoption.
  • General discussion of District Plan updates
  • Animas Valley District Plan 
    The Planning Commission will review the draft Animas Valley District Plan as part of the overall updating of the district plans. There will be discussion of the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  •  Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan Update
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  •  Florida Mesa District Plan Update
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Fort Lewis Mesa District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
Sept. 25 - Work Session
District Plan Update 
The Planning Commission will hold a work session to discuss the District Plan update process. In addition to general discussion of the plan updates, the work session will focus specifically on:
  • General discussion of District Plan updates
  • Bayfield District Plan Update 
    The Planning Commission will review the draft Bayfield District Plan as part of the overall updating of the district plans. There will be discussion of the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  •  Southeast District Plan
    The Planning Commission will discuss the creation of the Southeast District Plan as part of the overall updating of the district plans. There will be discussion of the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
  • Vallecito District Plan update
    The Planning Commission will review the existing Vallecito District Plan and discuss changes as part of the overall updating of the plans. There will be discussion of edits to the plan based on existing conditions, public meetings, survey comments, and matrix comments. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.
Sept. 26
  •  The Planning Commission will consider amendments to LPLUC Section 82-186 to implement the Water Advisory Commission Policy Bulletin Recommendations and Board Adopted Water Priorities.

Board of County Commissioner Meetings
All meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 4 - Work Session

  • Land Use Code Revision Update
    The Board of County Commissioners will hold a work session with staff to discuss the land use code revision project. Background materials are available here.


Sept. 17

  • Jividen Preliminary Plat Subdivision
    The Board of County Commissioners will consider a proposal to subdivide 29 acres into 11.8 acres and 16.9 acres on South U.S. Highway 550.
  • 1041 Regulations - Areas & Activities of State Interest
    The  Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing and consider designating certain areas & activities of state interest, pursuant to CRS 24-65.1-101 et seq. and adopting guidelines and regulations for activities of state interest in La Plata County and to consider conforming amendments to the La Plata County Land Use Code. Read draft regulations here. Read the draft resolution adopting regulations here.

Board of Adjustments
All meetings are held at 4 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, unless otherwise noted.
  • Gem and Mineral Daily Duration Variance
    The Board of Adjustments will consider a variance request to the daily duration hours for a special event at 1939 CR 109, Hesperus, as set forth in LPLUC 82-13(I)(B)(8)  
 

Stay informed
Thank you for your interest in planning and community development issues in La Plata County. We will use this list to keep you informed of upcoming projects and processes, so please forward to those who might be interested. Feel free to contact us at La Plata County with any questions: Planning Department, (970) 382-6263, or Megan Graham, public affairs officer, (970) 382-3265.

 
Megan Graham
Public Affairs Officer
(970) 382-6265
megan.graham@co.laplata.co.us

 

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