A plan for more townhomes in Three Springs received early approval Monday from the Durango Planning Commission.
Without much discussion, the board unanimously approved a subdivision for 23 townhouses, commercial or mixed-use buildings, and a park on a lot east of Mercy Regional Medical Center.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund is proposing the subdivision on Pioneer Avenue that will go to the Durango City Council for approval.
If the subdivision is approved, it is possible the homes and commercial buildings will need no further review, if they meet the city’s standards, Planning Manager Scott Shine said.
The townhouses will likely sit in the center of the block and face a similar development across the street, city plans show.
Commercial or mixed-use buildings would be built on either end of the block, and the pocket-park would face the hospital.
An alley would separate the townhomes from the new park, which would be maintained by Three Springs subdivision.
The Growth Fund proposed eliminating an asphalt trail that runs through the new 1-acre park, but the Durango Planning Commission approved a requirement that the trail connection must be maintained.
Kurt Prinslow, planning manager for the company, seemed happy to work with the city maintaining the trail.
“It will only improve the already-strong pedestrian circulation,” Prinslow said.