In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID- 19 virus, all La Plata County buildings are sharply reducing public access. The Planning Department will be available by appointment via phone or email.   

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What's new: 

Planning Project Locator Map

Planning Project Locator Map
Find current planning projects in the County! 

Land Use Code Revision Project 

District Plans

 May Newsletter/Past Newsletters

Cost of Growth Study 

What type (and where) does new development pay for itself? An analysis of the cost of La Plata County services and property tax payments.

GISProject PortalPublic Meeting PortalLand Use Code

Begin the Land Use application process

The first step in initiating a land use application is to evaluate the feasibility of a project. To assist with this, please complete the Project Information Form. Please have a site plan ready for upload before beginning the online form. (For instructions for creating a site plan please visit the Feasibility Evaluation information page.)

Our Mission:

The Mission of the Planning Department is to provide land use, resource management, and leadership services to residents, landowners, and businesses so they can experience a prosperous, vibrant and beautiful community supported by a fair and equitable planning process.

The Planning Department serves as staff to the following boards and commissions:

Planning Commission

Board of Adjustment

Historic Preservation
Review Commission

Chair: Jack Cassidy
Ashley Ager
Steve Barkley
Chris Scott
Ryne Waggoner
Wanda Cason
Heater Fontana

Chair: Andrew Gulliford
Helen Ruth Aspaas
Julie Coleman
Nik Kendziorski
Darlene Koontz
Ruth Lambert
Naomi Riess

Contact information

Planning Department

211 Rock Point Drive

Durango, CO 81301 (map)
(970) 382-6263

Monday - Friday 8 a.m-5 p.m.

What we do:

  • Provide information to the public,
  • Explain regulations regarding land use possibilities in the county,
  • Process land development requests per the County Code,
  • Advise decision-makers regarding land use, growth, and development issues in our community, and
  • Combine current planning and long-range planning to best serve the public interest while allowing growth to occur.

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