Land use

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

Firm selected to rewrite land-use code

La Plata County staff have found a firm to rewrite the county land-use code, which is expected to be the key to an easier permitting process for local businesses. A land-use code is a set of...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water

Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference . Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart and councilwoman...

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

Longtime Durango Planning Director Greg Hoch to retire

From envisioning the future boundaries of town to helping set street tree standards, Greg Hoch has had a hand in shaping Durango as a city planner for 35 years. When Hoch, 68, started working on...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Carbon Junction enters new era of use after mine scars healed

When Oakridge Energy applied for a permit for the Carbon Junction Mine in 1992, it had hoped to extract what was thought to be a massive coal vein underneath Ewing Mesa, just southeast of Durango....

DATE: Sept. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

50-unit apartment complex planned for Florida Road

A proposed apartment complex along Florida Road received an early approval from the Durango Planning Commission Tuesday. Local owners Catherine and Richard Milton are looking to build a 50 units...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Poll: 55 percent of Utahans support a Bears Ears monument

A recent poll commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts has found that 55 percent of Utah residents support the idea of a Bears Ears National Monument. Forty-one percent oppose the idea....

DATE: Aug. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Envision a walkable, safe Camino del Rio

Camino del Rio was made for cars with many parking lots and few sidewalks, but redevelopment and a good plan could transform the area. City officials sought residents’ opinions for Camino del Rio...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liberty School’s planned gym raises concerns

Neighbors of the future Liberty School on Western Avenue raised concerns Monday that the school’s planned gym would change their scenic views. They argued the school’s special-use permit requires...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County settles land-use dispute in Animas Valley

Two Animas Valley property owners received a $72,500 settlement payment from La Plata County this week, resolving a two-year-old complaint over land-use regulations. The county paid the amount,...

DATE: July 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County proposes re-write of land-use code

La Plata County may start, once again, on a total re-write of its land-use code, aiming for better results than the failed efforts in 2004 to 2007. County Manager Joe Kerby made the proposal to...

DATE: July 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News