AT&T Cell Tower at Sandco Gravel

On June 9, 2016, the La Plata County Planning Department received an application for a Class II land use permit to construct a new wireless communications facility at the Sandco Gravel Pit, 691 Trimble Lane, Durango. This proposed project (Project #2016-0097) includes a 104-foot-tall monopole at the Sandco site (parcel ID 559715100074). This project is governed by La Plata County regulations for telecommunication facilities contained within the La Plata County Land Use Code, Chapter 82.

Project Details
For detailed information on the proposed wireless communication center and tower, please use these links:

Project Narrative (Updated October 6, 2016)
Site Plans (Updated January 5, 2017)
Photo Simulations
Photo Simulations (Supplemental images, August 10, 2016)
Propagation Coverage Maps  1800 MHz
Propagation Coverage Maps 800 MHz
Staff Report for April 13 Planning Commission Hearing
Hearing Audio April 13th (starts at 45:55)

Public Hearings

  • The Planning Commission heard the proposal at public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango.  The Project was approved by the Planning Commission with a vote of 3 for and 2 against. 

  • The Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed project on May 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango. 

Public Involvement

As part of the Class II permit process, the Planning Department held a Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting where the applicant presented neighbors with a summary of the proposed project, answered questions, and to received public input. This  informal “neighborhood” meeting was an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed tower and to discuss concerns with the applicant and planning staff. It was not a public hearing of the La Plata County Planning Commission or the Board of County Commissioners and no decisions were made at the gathering.

Documents from the neighborhood meeting:
Summary of Neighborhood Meeting
List of attendees
Applicant's site plan
Presentation on RF and Public Health

Your Input
We encourage public comment on this proposal and will include all comments in the project file and staff report packet, as well as relay public input to the project applicant. 

  • E-mail Daniel Murray at
  • Send comments to:
    La Plata County Planning Department
    211 Rock Point Drive, Durango, CO, 81301