Land Use Code Revision Project

The Land Use Code rewrite project is continuing as a County led effort that draws on internal resources, reviews of land use codes from similar counties in Colorado, and existing work products to craft a code that works for La Plata County. 

As background, the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission kicked off the land use code rewrite on Jan. 30 in a joint work session to review the Board of County Commissioners goals for the project, go over the DRAFT Table of Contents for the document and to discuss the Outreach and Engagement schedule for the code rewrite process. 

Community Workshops & Input Tools
County administration staff hosted a series of workshops to present the DRAFT Table of Contents and gather questions and comments from residents throughout La Plata County. These sessions have been held from 6-8 p.m. in locations across the county according to the following schedule:

  • February 18
    Animas Valley Elementary School
    373 Hermosa Meadows Road, Durango
  • February 25
    Faith Community Church of the Nazarene
    1400 Highway 172, Durango
  • March 4 
    Oxford Grange Hall
    8018 Highway 172, Oxford (note corrected address!)

  • March 5
    Breen Community Building
    15300 Highway 140, Hesperus
  • March 10
    Vallecito/Florida Road
    Vallecito Community Event Center

There are also several ways to provide input on the DRAFT Table of comments, including emailing directly to, or by using our handy Comment Portal, where you can make your comment directly in the relevant Chapter and Section of the Table of Contents, and then see the comments others have made.

Joint Board of County Commissioners/Planning Commission Work Sessions & meetings
Additionally, the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission has been holding a series of joint work sessions in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, to discuss policy topics for the new code. The sessions and topics scheduled thus far are:

  • February 20, 6-8 p.m.
    Road standards and Level of Service: Agenda packet is available here
  • March 12, 6-8 p.m.
    Road standards and Level of Service, continued

  • March 26, 6-8 p.m.
    Neighborhood protection standards and Registered District Advisory Committees
  • Special Meeting April 1, 6-8 p.m.
    Table of Contents workshop wrap-up & public comment

DRAFT Table of Contents

Stay informed & involved

Thank you for your interest in the La Plata County Land Use Code revision process. Your input and participation is crucial to the effort. We will keep you informed of upcoming steps in the project and opportunities for you to be involved. Stay informed by signing up for the Newsletter!