Land use

Proposed drilling near Hovenweep criticized for potential harm to views, night sky

New drilling rigs and oil and gas infrastructure could sprout within sight of Hovenweep National Monument, according to a proposed March lease sale issued by a Utah office of the Bureau of Land...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango considers changes to vacation rental regulations

Vacation rentals could be blocked from opening in certain residential areas and in areas slated for redevelopment to help protect housing. The potential change to vacation rental regulations was...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos farm’s agritourism plan needs further review

A proposal by Green Table Farm near Mancos to hold events hit a snag in the Montezuma County Planning Commission on Sept. 14. Farm owner Tyler Hoyt is seeking a high-impact permit and special-use...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commercial building permits trend down over decade

It’s getting harder for businesses to find space at a time when the La Plata County needs to be broadening its tax base. Since the 1980s, the number of permits for new commercial buildings in...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County seeks Sand Canyon parking solution

Montezuma County commissioners say they have found evidence that they might own a right of way near the popular Sand Canyon trailhead that could help provide room for additional parking. The...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation easement protects Mancos elk ranch

The Colorado adage “I’d rather see a cow than a condo” applies to a new conservation easement in the Mancos Valley, but in this case, it relates to elk, too. The 225-acre Schultz Elk and Cattle...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

River Protection Workgroup disbands over disagreements

After more than a decade, the River Protection Workgroup, tasked with drafting a regionwide approach to land and river management in Southwest Colorado, has disbanded because members could not...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County, BLM discuss public access south of Summit Lake

CORTEZ – The Tres Rios Office of the Bureau of Land Management and Montezuma County are working to clarify issues of access to 1,200 acres of public lands south of Summit Lake. The land is hemmed...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Development begins at Edgemont Meadows

The infrastructure for Edgemont Meadows, a subdivision northeast of Durango, is going in this spring. The development along Florida Road (County Road 240) will be built in phases, and the first...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Montezuma County seeks balance of federal and public lands

When federal land agencies buy private land, they should offer the same amount of public lands back to the private sector, says the Montezuma County Commission. Noting that the county is 26 percent...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County Planning Commission recommends RV Park

The San Juan County Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a 166-unit RV Park near Purgatory Resort, with a condition the developer work with the Durango Nordic Center to help...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County mulls replacing blueprints with digital docs for land-use permits

By transitioning to an electronic system to submit land-use applications, the La Plata County planning department expects to save the county about $30,000 each year, as well as potentially hundreds...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News