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La Plata County Planning Commission endorses development on 700 acres east of Durango

A proposal to reclassify 700 acres between Durango and Bayfield to a designation that would allow a large-scale residential and commercial development was approved 4-1 Thursday by the La Plata...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to discuss process for revising land-use code, district plans

La Plata County officials will meet next week to figure out how to move forward with revisions to the land-use code. On Wednesday, La Plata County commissioners and the La Plata County Planning...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde National Park prefers removal of ‘trespass horses’

Mesa Verde National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to remove free-roaming horses and cattle from the park’s interior. Currently, about 80 “trespass horses” and 12 feral cattle roam the...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Oil and gas drilling could ramp up in Southwest Colorado

The door has opened wider for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado under the Trump administration. And the time frame for public comment and protest periods is expected to be shortened. A...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Planning Commission postpones vote on proposal for high-density listing

La Plata County planning commissioners unanimously decided Thursday night to postpone a vote on whether to reclassify nearly 50 acres south of Durango to allow high-density mixed-use development....

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango starts planning for Ewing Mesa

Ewing Mesa could be home to a music venue, trails, campsites and other attractions, in addition to the planned multiuse events center. The city will host its first public meeting dedicated to...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lays out process for re-writing draft land-use codes

After the fallout from the first release of La Plata County’s draft land-use codes, and the ensuing demand for a serious re-write, county planners are making sure to take the process slow and...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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