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La Plata County
Community Development Department Update
April 2022

Greetings from the La Plata County Community Development Department! Below you will find a news update on the projects, plans and processes afoot in our Planning and Building Departments. Thank you for your interest in La Plata County!
Here's what you'll find in this issue: 
Board of County Commissioners meetings
All meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave in Durango. They are also accessible to the public using an online meeting platform via computer and telephone. Information for joining these meetings through zoom is available here:

Join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/819094582  

Or by telephone:

Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):
(346) 248 7799
(669) 900 9128
(312) 626 6799
(646) 558 8656
(253) 215 8782
(301) 715 8592

Webinar ID: 819 094 582

April 5
  • Ute Pass Water District Service Plan - Schedule Public Hearing
    The Board of County Commissioners will schedule a public meeting for the Special District formation of Ute Pass Water District Service Plan south of CR 240 (Florida Road), in the Ute Pass Ranch Subdivision and surrounding area.
  • Durango RV Park Wireless Tower
    The Board of County Commissioners will consider a proposal to establish a 55' telecommunications tower with visible antenna attached to an existing monopole at 30090 E Hwy 160 in Durango.
April 19
  • Tacoma Village conceptual plan 3rd amendment
    The Board of County Commissioners will consider a 3rd Amendment to the Tacoma Village Conceptual Plan to add Multi-family as a land use on Tract B2A. The subject parcel is parcel number 508924323050.
  • DMR development agreement 7th amendment
    The Board of County Commissioners will consider a 7th Amendment to the Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) Development Agreement (DA) to revise Land Use Regulation Sec. 4.10.3 and Table 4.1 to allow Multi-family in Tacoma Village and to revise the definition of Townhome to allow units in groups of two.

Planning Commission meetings
All meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave in Durango. They are also accessible to the public using an online meeting platform via computer and telephone. Information for joining these meetings through zoom is available here: 

Join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/371987878

Through this link, you can listen to audio on your computer or tablet and speak during public comment periods at relevant meetings.

For audio access by telephone, call any of the numbers below (if the number called is busy, please call another number on the list):

(346) 248 7799
(669) 900 9128
(312) 626 6799
(646) 558 8656
(253) 215 8782
(301) 715 8592

Enter meeting ID 371 987 878

April 14

  • Chapman Minor Subdivision 
    The Planning Commission will consider a proposal to subdivide an approximately 19 acre parcel into one 4.2 acre lot, one 5.2 acre lot, and one 9.3 acre lot for a total of three lots at 789 CR 218 in Durango.
  • Presentation by CDOT, CO Parks and Wildlife and County Staff Regarding Wildlife MOU
    The Planning Commission will consider a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate rights of way, wildlife, and land use in a manner that minimizes wildlife-transportation conflicts. CDOT, in cooperation with CPW and the County, has developed comprehensive planning and environmental documents for transportation corridors in La Plata County that include phased construction of 23 large animal underpasses on US Hwy 160 between Durango and Bayfield and 7 large animal underpasses on US Hwy 550 between Durango and the New Mexico state line.  

April 28

  • Buffalo Arena Temporary Use Permit
    The Planning Commission will consider a proposal to utilize a temporary use permit for annual roping events in a seasonal outdoor arena at 664 High Lama Lane in Durango.

Historic Preservation Review Commission
This month's meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Community Development Office at 211 Rock Point Drive in Durango. This meeting will also be accessible to the public through an online meeting platform via computer and telephone. Public participation, including written or spoken comment, will be handled through this platform and information for joining these meetings is available here: 

To access the meeting, visit https://zoom.us/j/92804786501  

Through this link, you can listen to audio on your computer or tablet and speak during public comment periods at relevant meetings.

For audio access by telephone, call any of the numbers below (if the number called is busy, please call another number on the list):

(669) 900 6833
(253) 215 8782

Enter meeting ID 928 0478 6501

April 4

  • Regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Commission
    The commissioners will discuss a plan for the 2022, 8th annual driving tour. 

Wildfire Advisory Board meetings
This month's meeting is scheduled on Thursday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave in Durango. This meeting will also be accessible to the public through an online meeting platform via computer and telephone. Public participation, including written or spoken comment, will be handled through this platform and information for joining these meetings is available here: 

To access the meeting, visit https://zoom.us/j/93057844944  

Through this link, you can listen to audio on your computer or tablet and speak during public comment periods at relevant meetings.

For audio access by telephone, call any of the numbers below (if the number called is busy, please call another number on the list):

(669) 900 6833
(253) 215 8782

Enter meeting ID 930 5784 4944

April 7

  • Regular meeting of the Wildfire Advisory Board
    The board will discuss updates from the mitigation, land use code, and community engagement/ community plan committees. 

Planning Project Locator Map

Community Development Services and the County's IT department built a locator map that shows all the proposed projects in La Plata County! This interactive tool shows you where each project is located and provides a link to more information about the project including status and submittals. Check out the project locator map here!
Floodplain Mapping Update 
Did you know there is a new Floodplain Mapping project underway? La Plata County has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1980. This program creates regulations that meet or exceed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) minimum requirements and enables property owners in the county to purchase insurance protection against financial losses from flooding. Floodplains are regulated by FEMA. Over the last four years the Colorado Water Conservation Board has worked with the engineering firm AECOM to prepare more accurate and updated floodplain maps for La Plata County drainages, rivers and watersheds. 

There are new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and a new Flood Insurance Study (FIS) available. The 90-day appeal period for the County’s new flood maps began in early March and is set to be completed in early June. If there are no appeals, the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) will be issued in the fall of 2022. Following the LFD, there will be six months to adopt new flood hazard products. More information can be found at the Colorado Water Conservation Webpage here and preliminary flood mapping and data can be found here

Contact the Building Department at (970)382-6251 with questions.

Save the Date! Historic Preservation Review Commission Virtual Tour
The Historic Preservation Review Commission is taking us on a virtual tour this year. The theme of the event is Preserving our History: Finding Historic Resources in La Plata County. This virtual event will take place on May 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Detailed information will be included in the May Newsletter. Don't miss it!
 
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.
La Plata County Planning
(970) 382-6263
amber.lamb@co.laplata.co.us

 

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