Housing and urban planning

Vacation rental enforcement ramping up

City officials are working to enforce the vacation rental permits and recently brought the first owner to court for operating an illegal rental. The owner was fined $200, Nicol Killian, the city’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City eases rules for extra units

Durango City Council decided to ease the rules for some owners of accessory dwelling units Tuesday night. Mayor Pro Tem Dean Brookie characterized the changes as a “kinder, gentler roll out of...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes get $900,000 grant for water lines, road for family homes

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a grant of $900,000 to the Ute Mountain Ute Housing Authority on Monday. The money will be used to construct water and sewer lines and a...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affordable housing group marks 10th anniversary

The Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County, an agency that provides tools and resources to achieve home-ownership, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It will host a reception from 4:30 to...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Few vacation-rental permits left

Vacation-rental permits have gone fast in the last few weeks, since the city started issuing them in late August. The city began accepting applications in the third week of August, and five permits...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grant will help with affordable housing in county

Affordable housing is on the rise thanks to a hefty grant. The La Plata Home Fund Inc. received $550,000 from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund, according to a La...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council tackles housing rules

Durango city councilors said Tuesday they want to press ahead with new regulations for accessory-dwelling units in the Animas City area before councilors face election in April. The city’s planning...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing options sought for aging population

DENVER – More than 16,000 Coloradans reside in the more than 200 nursing homes across the state. For many, it’s their only option, but this week, a group of housing and aging specialists is...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango unveils ADU enforcement proposal

City officials presented a plan to oversee accessory dwelling units and crack down on illegal units to Durango city councilors Tuesday. Community Development Director Greg Hoch said staff presented...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional foreclosures continue to decline

Foreclosures across the area have been steadily falling since 2010, according to district court data. The number of completed foreclosures fell from 132 properties in 2010 to 61 properties in 2013,...

DATE: July 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Vet thrown a lifeline

By the time he arrived in Durango, Skip Ferguson had lost a lot. He'd lost a job and the ability to work. He'd lost his home. He'd even lost some faith in humanity. But there was one thing he was...

DATE: April 12, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Planning Commission approves land-use code

After more than four years, $325,000, countless meetings and the involvement of hundreds of residents, a new Land Use and Development Code was unanimously approved by the Durango Planning...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News