Schedule of Upcoming MeetingsThe final public hearing related to the Land Use and Development Code Update process has been scheduled! Tuesday, March 18th 5:30 pm - Public Hearing @ Council Chambers (949 E 2nd Ave)
Public Hearings and Approval of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance for Durango.
After many hours of research, staff time to draft and amend the ordinance, and public testimony on the issue, City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance governing Accessory Dwelling Units in Durango. The final draft of the ordinance is available in the project library.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this lengthy, but very valuable public process.
On Monday September 9, 2013, the City hosted a public forum on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as a part of the Land Use and Development Code Rewrite. The meeting was held at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Avenue, at 6:00 pm.
This meeting was the result of a request from the public to have another opportunity to discuss Accessory Dwelling Units prior to the adoption hearings. Members of the City Council and Planning Commission attended to hear comments on the proposed draft and staff was present to answer questions.
The code language is available on the code update website at www.durangocodeupdate.com and at the Planning and Community Development Office at 1235 Camino del Rio.
For more information, call the City Planning Offices at 375-4850.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, an overview of the proposed LUDC was presented at a regular City Council Meeting at 6:30 PM.
On Monday, February 4, 2013, a Special Planning Commission Study Session (overview of the proposed LUDC) was held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and a Public Meeting on the same topic was held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
On Wednesday, January 16, a public meeting was held on zone districts at City Hall from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
On Tuesday, January 15, an extended City Council study session was held on ADU issues, Established Neighborhoods design issues, vacation rentals, and parking. The meeting was held at City Hall from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
On Monday, January 14, an extended City Council study session was held on Design Standards, primarily for multifamily and mixed-use projects. The meeting was held at City Hall from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, a Public Forum was held to hear residents with regard to Accessory Dwelling Units ("ADUs"), both pro- and con-. The City Council was present. The meeting was held at City Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
On Thursday, November 15, 2012, the City and its consultant held a Public Workshop on Landscaping and Sensitive Lands at the Durango Recreation Center from 6 PM to 8 PM.
On November 13 and 14, 2012, the City Council held study sessions on zones, land use, development yield, nonconformities, and procedures. The powerpoint presentations from the study sessions are available in the Project Library.
The City Council held a workshop on Accessory Dwelling Units and Parking on July 24, 2012. A PDF version of the presentation is available HERE. Click HERE for the supporting memorandum on Accesory Dwelling Units and HERE for the supporting memoradum on Parking.
A public workshop on the proposed new zones was held on July 25, 2012. A PDF version of the presentation is available HERE.
For the proposed text of the Accessory Dwelling Units section, click HERE. We'd love to hear from you. Click the "comments" box on the left-hand side to leave comments.
About the Land Use and Development Code Update Project
The Land Use and Development Code ("LUDC") is the law with regard to how land is used and developed in the City of Durango. The LUDC that the City uses today was originally adopted in 1989. The document has been amended about 160 times over the last 20 years. Over the next 16 months, the LUDC will be substantially reorganized, updated, and rewritten to ensure that it is reflective of community plans and values, easy to use, and consistent with the City Charter and applicable state and federal laws.
Of course, the only way to ensure that the new LUDC will reflect the shared values of the people of the City of Durango is to reach out and listen to the community. To that end, the project schedule includes a large number of publc meetings on the issues, and this website will provide an additional way to communicate ideas, comments, questions, and suggested edits to the project team.
Clarifying the Rules
Although there are many good ideas and policies in the existing LUDC, it has become increasingly complicated and cumbersome to understand and administer. Accordingly, one of the objectives of the LUDC rewrite is to clarify the rules, making the code eaiser to use and more accessible to residents, business owners, and developers. The new LUDC will follow the advice of Albert Einstein -- "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Implementing the Comprehensive Plan
The existing LUDC is 18 years older than the City's Comprehensive Plan, which was most recently updated on March 23, 2007. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to guide the future growth and development of the City in a way that preserves and protects its special character and natural resources.
The LUDC is key to implementing the City's Comprehensive Plan and its many special area plans because it establishes the rules for how property is used and developed. That is, plans for future growth, development, and redevelopment can't be implemented if the law doesn't allow the desired uses and development patterns -- or if it puts unnecessary roadblocks in the way of their approval. As such, another objective of the LUDC rewrite is to bridge the gap between the plans and the rules to ensure that the policies of the plans and the laws that implement them are consistent.
The Consultant Team
After conducting a national search and reviewing proposals from top national and international firms, the City of Durango contracted with a consultant team led by Kendig Keast Collaborative ("KKC") on August 14, 2009. KKC specializes in writing land development regulations that protect community character and implement comprehensive and special area plans. The KKC team includes Planning + Design at AECOM, an international firm with strengths in visualization and consensus building; and Siemon & Larsen, PA, a planning law and planning consulting firm that is well-known for its innovation and success in redevelopment and natural resource protection.
The KKC team brings a balance of public, private, and civic sector experience to ensure that the new regulations will include all perspectives and strike an appropriate balance between the needs of the community as a whole and the individual rights and expectations of landowners and their neighbors.