The process the city of Durango and La Plata County use to guide joint land-use issues in Grandview would be revamped under plans discussed Tuesday.
County Commissioner Kellie Hotter said the current Grandview Area Plan is soon to be amended to help meet constituents land-use needs. Amendments would give the county the lead role in Grandview land-use decisions instead of the city, which currently has the responsibility.
A full revision of the Grandview Area Plan is set to be completed by January 2012.
However, a resolution giving the county the lead role in Grandview could be before the City Council as early as next week, Hotter said adding that city officials have expressed a willingness to cede authority to the county.
The current process is so detrimental to the property owners interests, nothings getting done, said Durango City Manager Ron LeBlanc.
The Grandview area, often referred to as no-mans land, has toggled between the city and county for nearly seven years.
Weve had some meetings, but nothing really has happened yet, said City Councilor Paul Broderick. Now were sitting here, looking at another year, and in my mind, stuff needs to start happening now.
Hotter said amendments can be used to speed Grandview land-use issues while work continues on revising the broader Grandview Area Plan.
Despite the citys current oversight of land-use in Grandview, residents still cannot receive city services, Hotter said.
The city currently decides which residents outside city boundaries receive Durango water, although the city does not pay for the extensions, Hotter said.
Clear jurisdictions in Grandview would simplify land-use decisions and minimize the need for complicated joint planning efforts, Hotter said.
Youre no longer in no-mans land, and theres a clear, predictable process, she said.
firstname.lastname@example.org Gavin Wisdom is an intern with The Durango Herald.