Land use

Mancos prepares to update land-use code

This month, the town of Mancos plans to begin the long process of updating its land-use code, for the first time in about 20 years. On Tuesday, Town Administrator Heather Alvarez announced the town...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Updates to La Plata County district plans sought before land-use code changes

As La Plata County’s land-use code update remains in limbo, some residents are calling for the process to be put on hold until the narrower, hyper-local district plans are revised. County planners...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest, BLM remind public of electric bike rules

Reports that cyclists are illegally using e-bikes on the Phil’s World trail near Cortez is prompting the Bureau of Land Management to push awareness that the bikes are not allowed on trails meant...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density development a possibility on property east of Elmore’s Corner

A longtime La Plata County ranching family is considering building a high-density residential and commercial development on 700 acres along U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield. The...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sees increase in applications for development projects

Unprecedented growth in La Plata County is on the horizon after property owners and developers have swooped in months before the county plans to adopt new land-use codes. And the result, county...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield finishing comprehensive plan

By 2050, Bayfield is projected to have an increased population of residents 65 and older, along with a growth in millennials aged 25 to 44. As home prices continue to skyrocket in Durango, that...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New trails at Phil’s World challenged on appeal

The Phil’s World trail expansion project east of Cortez is on hold pending an appeal made by local wildlife advocates. After four years of environmental and archaeological studies, the Tres Rios...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Motorcyclists push back; Montezuma County objects to loss of trails

Motorcycle groups and Montezuma County commissioners have filed objections to a draft decision by the San Juan National Forest that would close trails to motorcycles in the Rico-West Dolores area....

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM speeds ahead on Grand Staircase-Escalante plans

Federal authorities at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are moving forward to create new plans for managing the area, despite several legal challenges to the monument’s...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Grass-roots group forms to change La Plata County’s draft land-use codes

A contingent of property owners in La Plata County has formally organized a grass-roots group to change the county’s proposed draft land-use codes, which they say impose too many regulations and...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Americans for Prosperity pulls back campaign against La Plata County’s land-use code

Americans for Prosperity has pulled back its campaign against La Plata County’s proposed land-use codes, for now, the group’s deputy state director Tamra Farah said Monday. Last month, AFP...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some residents say U.N. plot is behind land-use revisions

A faction of La Plata County residents who oppose the county’s proposed land-use codes believe the work is part of an international conspiracy led by the United Nations to create a “New World...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News