Land use

City may buy open space near Greenmount

The city may buy about 10 acres of land north of Greenmount Cemetery. The Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend the city spend $440,000 on the property. The...

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

Mancos to Cortez trails plan depends on easements

Several proposed routes for the Paths to Mesa Verde trail were unveiled for public viewing recently during a packed meeting at the Cortez Recreation Center. Trail alternatives extend between...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The city plans for housing through 2040

Durango’s population is expected to grow from 18,500 to 31,500 by 2040, and so housing is a key piece of city’s comprehensive plan update. The plan is expected to encourage dense housing within...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rep. Scott Tipton vote spurs ire from public land supporters

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and the Republican-held House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of a measure that Democrats and conservation groups say will make it easier to transfer federal...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New online platform improves county code access

La Plata County’s regulatory code is now available to the public on the county website. EnCode, an online platform that enables live updates to the code, became fully functional this month. With...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. overhauls public land-use planning

BILLINGS, Mont. – U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West. The...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

County land-use code rewrite plan laid out

A firm tasked with rewriting La Plata County’s land-use code has laid out a path for the process, including which concerns will be addressed and how the new code will be formatted. Texas-based...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Land-use code rewrite kicks off with tour

Next week, a Texas-based planning and zoning company will visit La Plata County to survey the lay of the land and hold meetings with stakeholders to rewrite the county land-use code. On Wednesday,...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service to sell Animas Valley land near Trimble

The U.S. Forest Service is set to sell 20 acres of prime undeveloped land in the Animas Valley to pay for a new office complex for the Columbine District in Bayfield. The parcel in question is...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utah sells Comb Ridge land to private bidder

BLUFF, Utah – The state last week auctioned off 391 acres at Comb Ridge to the little-known Lyman Family Farm for $500,000, according to Utah State Trust Lands Administration . The area is along...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas will get closer look near Chaco Canyon

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced last week it will conduct further evaluation for future oil and gas development to address the concerns regarding Chaco Culture National Historic Park...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Comprehensive plan workshop set for Wednesday

The city of Durango seeks public input on its future at a workshop scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. Workshop participants’...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News