Land Use Code Amendments
The Community Development Department is dedicated to updating the Land Use and Development Code ("LUDC") to ensure provisions of the code align with best practices, community goals and priorities, evolving statutes, and other regulations and ordinances within the City of Durango.
Text Amendments to the Land Use and Development Code are advanced via the process illustrated below and involve public hearings by both the Community Development Commission (recommending body) and the City Council (deciding body).
Upcoming LUDC Text Amendments are categorized into the topics below. These amendments vary in scope and complexity and the Community Development Department welcomes feedback and comments throughout the process.
The City is a participating jurisdiction of the National Flood Insurance Program through FEMA which provides affordable flood insurance protection for properties subject to potential flood damage. FEMA has undergone a comprehensive update of flood zones and areas; the City of Durango is required to update the effective date of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) to remain effective. The new effective date will be updated to April 25, 2024 to replace the 2010 existing rate maps and insurance study. The City is also proposing an additional subdivision type termed 'Detached Condominiums' which will allow for an additional subdivision type while not deleting or negatively affecting other subdivision options or regulations. * 12-4-2023: Planning Commission (recommended approval during Public Hearing) * 1-16-2024: City Council approved the First Reading of the Ordinance * 2-6-2024: City Council agenda includes a Final Reading of the Ordinance - if approved these changes will go into effect 2-21-2024
The City is partnering with Visit Durango, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), the Chamber, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Dark Sky Colorado to coordinate lighting code updates and Dark Sky Place Certification. Visit Durango is leading the process for the certification and application - more information on the process and resources can be found on their website, LINKED HERE. The City is coordinating with these partners to update the Land Use and Development Code to satisfy Dark Sky Place standards while ensuring the code is community-based, aligns with Strategic Plan goals, and is enforceable. There are no formal redlines of Lighting Code updates at this time, and Staff anticipates community engagement in April of 2024 (surrounding International Dark Skies Week) to help shape the formal redline code changes which will go before the Community Development Commission and City Council for review in the summer/early fall of 2024.
LUDC Text Amendments vary in scope and complexity and the Community Development Department welcomes feedback and comments throughout the process. The comment form below will direct feedback to Lily Oswald, the Code Reform Administrator. If you have comments or feedback on any of the topics for upcoming code amendments or additional comments regarding provisions of the Land Use and Development Code, please complete the form below.