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Community Development Services Update
June 2020

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!
Here's what you'll find in this issue:
  • Draft Land Use Code out for public review, input
  • Planning Commission meetings
  • Board of County Commissioner meetings
  • Planning project map

Draft Land Use Code out for public review, input

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to present the  draft land use code for community review and input. This draft code, written by La Plata County staff, incorporates the community input and policy guidance received over the past three years to achieve the Board of County Commissioners’ goals when initiating the code re-write effort in 2016.

Specifically, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to:

  • Reconcile and clarify the land use code
  • Provide for predictability and improved certainty of the process and outcomes
  •  Facilitate and direct growth to appropriate areas
  •  Improve the review process
  •  Articulate clear development standards
  •  Streamline the development process
  •  Protect and respect the county’s most valued assets
  •  Minimize sprawl

New tools & concepts
This draft land use code aims to achieve those goals by introducing new tools such as:

Economic Development Areas
The draft land use code outlines a process that would apply specialized land use regulations to promote commercial, industrial, or mixed residential/commercial development in areas nominated by the county or individuals

AgPlus
The draft land use code includes a unique set of uses by right and types of administrative land use permits that are a companion to agriculture, offering a means to expand uses on agricultural land without an extensive review process so as to encourage, promote and foster agricultural enterprises and activities in the county.

Sketch plan review
The draft land use code introduces a “sketch plan” to evaluate and discuss the basic design, concept, and suitability of a project before the applicant spends time and money on a full application process. The sketch plan will move the compatibility analysis to the beginning of the review process, rather than at the end like it is under the existing code.

Development standards
The draft land use code includes clearly articulated development standards for a range of general and specific uses, giving applicants a concrete understanding of what will be required to gain approval for their project.


Public Review & Input
The Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission are eager for community input and feedback on the draft land use code, and look forward to culminating this project by adopting a new land use code in fall of 2020. View Outreach & Engagement Schedule.

All public comments received by June 26, 2020 will be considered
for version 2 of the draft land use code.

La Plata County offers multiple mechanisms to submit input. All input received via these tools will be part of the Land Use Code adoption record:

General community workshops
This series of workshops, which will be conducted via Zoom, will introduce the DRAFT new code contents by general topic including:

1) Day to day life and business - VIEW PRESENTATION
Watch recording from 5/26/20

Watch recording from 5/27/20

2) Support for agriculture, business and housing
3) More significant development projects: Commercial, industrial, subdivisions
4) Special topics: long range planning tools, advisory & decision-making boards, etc.
View a complete schedule and Zoom access information.

Topic-focused workshops 
This series of workshops, which will be conducted via Zoom, will introduce and receive input on the DRAFT new code contents by specific topic including:
1) Development review process - VIEW PRESENTATION
Recording from 5/29/20 coming soon

2) Development standards
3) Road standards, drainage & erosion control standards
View a complete schedule and Zoom access information.

Additional comment options
1) Make comments directly in chapters and sections of the code using our Comment Portal 
2) Use dedicated NewCode@co.laplata.co.us to submit comments
3) 
Public hearings of Planning Commission & Board of County Commissioners. During the formal adoption process, verbal and written public comment

Joint PC/BOCC Work Sessions
The Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission will hold a series of work sessions to review the public input received through the above mechanisms and further discuss the draft code. The public is welcome to attend work sessions, but there will be no time set aside for public comment like there will be during the workshops and public hearings. All joint work sessions will take place from 6-8 p.m., via Zoom currently:

June 4
June 11
June 18


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/755221823  
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: 755 221 823

Draft Land Use Code Documents

1) Draft La Plata County Land Use Code
2) Outreach & Engagement Schedule
3) General community workshop schedule & access information
4) Topic-focused workshop schedule & access information
5) Public comment portal
6) NewCode@co.laplata.co.us


Planning Commission Meetings
All meetings are held at 6 p.m. and are accessible via Zoom using the links or phone numbers below:

<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

 June 25
  • Grigsby Subdivision Preliminary Plat
    The Planning Commission will consider a subdivision of a 3.14-acre tract into 3 single family lots of 1.497, 0.829 and 0.812 acres on the southwest corner of Mahogany Lane and Hermosa Meadows Roadd at 124 Wild Rose Lane.
  • Tacoma Village Conceptual Development Plan Amendment
    The Planning Commission will consider an amendment to the Tacoma Village Conceptual Development Plan within Durango Mountain Resort for changes that include expanding the Purgatory Metro District community park for a new wastewater treatment facility and relocating 17 dwelling units to the previous location, conversion of parcel E.1 from equestrian center to a home site, and updating of parcel boundaries within the village to reflect recent plats located at Durango Mountain Resort on the south side of Highway 550.
  • Durango Hot Springs Class I
    The Planning Commission will consider a p
    roposal to renovate the existing hot springs by adding geothermal pools, updating the grounds, expanding the parking lot, adding a caretakers unit, and adding approximately 7,352 sq. ft. of building space for updated equipment and facilities at: 6475 CR 203, Durango.
  • Woodchuck Tree Services Class II
    The Planning Commission will consider a proposal for a tree cutting service with outdoor storage of equipment and office on 1.01 acre lot. Location at 29639 US Highway160 E.
  • DMR Wastewater Master Plan Amendment
    The Planning Commission will consider an amendment to the Durango Mountain Resort Wastewater Master Plan within Durango Mountain Resort for changes which includes relocating the new wastewater facility at Durango Mountain Resort on the north and south sides of Highway 550.

     

Board of County Commissioner Meetings
All meetings are held at 10 a.m. and are accessible via Zoom using the links or phone numbers below:

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

June 16
  • The Range Subdivision Preliminary Plat
    The Board of County Commissioners will consider a proposal to subdivide a 40.79 acre parcel into 3 single-family residential lots 7.02 acres, 6.27 acres and 27.5 acres at 1139 CR 303

Planning project 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 what stage it is in the permitting process. Check out the project locator map here!

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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