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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Council votes to update the city's Fair Share program

youth council appointee

Durango, CO: Durango City Council approved updates to the city’s Fair Share Administrative Manual to reduce the barrier of “no third-party subsidies” to enhance the potential for public-private-partnerships between developers and the city or other government or nonprofit entity. 

The Fair Share Ordinance and Administrative Manual were adopted in 2009. Since 2020, Durango has seen record high prices and low inventory due to the pandemic. The Fair Share program is outdated and conflicts with current City Council’s Affordability and Economic Opportunity goals as it prevents and doesn’t allow “third party subsidies by for-profit builders.” The proposed amendments remove some of these restrictions and cleans up language to make the program more effective.

Council held its regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. meeting at council chambers, 949 East Second Ave.

At the meeting Council:

  • Appointed an additional applicant to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. The additional appointee has served as a member of the youth advisory commission in the past but missed the application deadline this year. Given this individual’s history and work on the board, staff recommend placement into this school year’s commission. 
  • Approved updates to the Fair Share Administrative Manual. The most significant edits involve enhancing the potential for public-private partnerships between developers and the City or other government or nonprofit entity. Other updates include allowing local resources to assist in bridging the cost disparity between rental and or home prices, setting clear expectations of what incentives may be available, utilizing resources to facilitate unit construction, keeping flexibility to update the Fair Share Administrative Manual from time to time due to market conditions, and leveraging local, state, and federal funding sources with the private sector to achieve tangible outcomes towards city housing goals. 
  • Herd the first reading of the proposed 2024 Budget. Council voted 4-1 to move forward to a second reading, with councilor Olivier Bosmans voting against moving forward. The proposed budget notes approximately $114 million in anticipated revenues, and approximately $101 million in proposed capital expenditures. Some major capital projects include continuing to work with the Durango Mesa foundation on the development of infrastructure and a bike park at Durango Mesa Park, the development of the 2.6-mile trail SMART 160 that will connect Three Springs to the Animas River Trail system and begin City Civic Center funding. The final reading and vote for adoption of the budget is planned for the Dec. 6 meeting. The proposed budget can be viewed through the City of Durango’s financial transparency tool Opengov

  • Introduced to an ordinance aimed at amending various portions of the Land Use Development Code. Code amendments include a council-initiated request to amend various sections of the development code pertaining to the structure of Boards and Commissions administered by the Community Development Department. Community Development boards and commissions will reconfigure the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and the Board of Adjustment into the Community Development Commission. Additionally minor updates to the city’s accessory dwelling unit program were approved. The proposed updates to the program include clarifying integrated accessory dwelling unit shared wall requirements, parking requirements related to street frontage types and proximity, and floor area calculation for detached and integrated accessory dwelling unit living spaces. 

community development commission reconfiguration

  • Approved a request for a public hear regarding a licensing agreement with Tesla that aims to install and operate 8 new electric vehicle fast charging stations at the Durango Transit Center, located at 250 West Eight St.

Electric Vehicle charging stations

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