District (Area) Plans

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La Plata County has 12 planning areas, 11 of which have developed plans that establish the goals, policies and objectives to help guide future growth based on the unique characteristics of that area, and the desires of the residents.  These plans were developed by the residents between 1995-2007 and adopted by the Planning Commission. The plans are advisory documents and are part of the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan, which sets the overarching goals, policies and objectives guiding growth for the county as a whole.  The Land Use Code provides the regulations that implement the goals, objectives and policies established by the area plans & comprehensive plans. 

Background Documents
La Plata County District (Area) Plans' History & Purpose 
(pdf)
Role of Planning Commissions in Land Use Regulations (pdf) 
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Because La Plata County is expected to see continued population growth, planning for how our community responds to an influx in residents is important for our county, and we have initiated an effort to update the adopted plans, which embody the localized vision for how your area will grow and change into the future. 
  

La Plata County Population Projections


 
La Plata County Planning Areas
View land use designations at  La Plata County GIS Mapping Service

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Plan Update Project

In late 2017, the Planning Commission and Planning staff began a project to update each area's plan in the county in order to ensure that the goals, policies and objectives for each plan still reflects the community's interests, as well as to engage the community in planning for the growth projected by the state demographer's office.

Updating the county's area plans is a community-driven process that relies on neighborhood input to help shape the goals, policies and objectives guiding growth in your community. After all, it's where you live! Please get involved!

Through the project, the plans will be edited to ensure format consistency across the 12 individual areas. Each plan update is estimated to occur over the next 14 months with a series of public meetings within the respective areas as well as before the Planning Commission, which has reserved the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m. for District update discussion. These meetings are at the County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango. 

You can view the Plan update timeline to see when your area is slated for updates. Not sure what planning area you're in? Search here to find your planning area.  

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