No zeal to zone

No zeal to zone

Commissioners express little appetite for ambitious reform of land-use regs
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This view of the Animas River Valley, a combination of two photos stitched together, shows one of the only areas in La Plata County where traditional zoning is in effect. Despite the downfalls of the compatibility-based land use system applied in the rest of the county, government leaders don’t have their immediate sights set on duplicating Animas Valley-style zoning in other parts of the county.
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Karen Lewis and her husband, Jim, allowed the Durango Kennel Club to use a converted barn on their property for agility training until last year when the Board of County Commissioners decided it was incompatible with zoning regulations. Karen Lewis said she can still have friends visit, but the number of people and the amount of time they can spend training their dogs are limited.
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Ways to zone

There are four basic forms of zoning, but many communities use a combination of each:

Standard (Euclidean): Designated zones with different standards and uses allowed in each.

Performance: More flexibility allowed, projects judged...

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How important is a comp plan?

Commissioners may have agreed upon the most immediate steps toward reforming La Plata County’s land-use code, but they still disagree on what role a comprehensive plan will play in future land-use planning.

After a bruising two-year...

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