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Pending Land Use Regulation Changes

The Planning Commission adopted a comprehensive revision to the Archuleta County Community Plan on October 11, 2017, which was endorsed by the Board of County Commissioners on November 21, 2017.  For more information visit the Community Plan page.

The Planning Commission is now reviewing the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations, as provided in the Implementation Section of the Community Plan.  The Planning Commission held a Joint Worksession with the Board of County Commissioners in December 2017, and is discussing potential updates during their regular monthly meetings at the County Administration Building.

In 2013, the Board passed Resolution 2013-42, defining “Lodging Unit”, and amending Table 3 “Uses by Zoning District” for Lodging Establishments and Lodging Units as Commercial Use in Agricultural/Forestry (A/F), Agricultural/Ranching (AR), Agricultural Estates (AE), and Commercial (C) zones. Neither is listed in Rural Residential (RR) nor Residential (R). 

The Board has now asked Staff to draft amendments to the Land Use Regulations that would allow short-term rentals (<30 days) as a Residential use.  The Planning Commission took public input at their meeting on February 14th, 2018, and held a public hearing on March 14th, where they passed Resolution 2018-01PC recommending standards for Vacation Rental of Residential Dwellings in all zoning districts, based on Ouray County, Colorado, standards.

The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on the recommendation on May 1, 2018, which was continued to May 15, 2018, and again to their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, at 1:30pm.  The Agenda will be posted online.

Archuleta County Development Services is proposing amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations, as recommended by the Planning Commission. The proposed changes to Sections 1, 2, 3, 5 and 11 are intended to improve general clarity and references; streamline Land Use Permit review; place primary responsibility for Conditional Use review with the Planning Commission while creating a Board CUP for more thorough public review, with comprehensive revisions to Table 3: Uses by Zoning District; and clarify Development Standards, Abbreviations and Definitions. The proposal also includes a comprehensive revision of RV Park and Campground standards.

Comments regarding this proposal may be submitted to Archuleta County Development Services-Planning Department, P.O. Box 1507, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1507, telephone: (970) 264-1390 or to prior to the public hearing by the Board of County Commissioners on Tues. June 19, 2018, 1:30 pm, in the County Administration Office Meeting Room, 398 Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs. The Agenda will be posted online. Public comment will be taken at the meeting.


Recently Heard Planning Items

On 15 November 2017, the Archuleta County Planning Commission recommended against approval of the Pagosa Dogsled Adventures Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) to operate as a Commercial Kennel and Wilderness Lodge.  Applicant Pagosa Adventures LLC has withdrawn their application at this time.

On 4 April 2017, the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations.  The changes classify utility distribution lines, including those installed above ground in any zone, as Conforming structures, amending Section 1.3.2 and adding a definition of Electric Power Distribution Line to Section 11.2.1.
On 17 January 2017, the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners voted to approve an application by Black & Veatch, representing Verizon Wireless, for the Verizon Escobar Telecommunication Facility Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Variances, on property owned by Sydonia Poenish, the N½SE¼NW¼ S6 T35N R2W NMPM, at 3700 County Rd 600 (Piedra Road), Pagosa Springs, CO. The CUP would have permitted a new Commercial Mobile Radio Systems (CMRS) wireless communication facility with a 65’ monopole cell tower and antennas, approximately 1,000 feet west of the road (PLN16-114 and PLN16-115).  This approval expired in January 2018.
On 4 October 2016, the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations. The changes 1) Classify non-commercial marijuana cultivation as an Accessory Use and adopt limits and definitions, 2) Clarify provisions for Accessory Uses and Structures, and 3) Clarify cross-references and certain provisions of Table 1 and Table 4. These changes amend portions of Sections 2.1.2, 2.2.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 5.5.2, 11.2.1. Changes took effective immediately, and have been incorporated into the Land Use Regulations available online.

At a special meeting on 28 June 2016, the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners voted to deny the application by C&J Gravel Products, Inc, of Durango, Colorado, represented by Nathan Barton, Wasteline, Inc., for a Major Sand & Gravel Permit for the proposed Two Rivers Pit at 12500 County Road 500 (Trujillo Rd), Pagosa Springs, CO. At their meeting on Wed. 8 June, the Planning Commission had unanimously recommended disapproval of the application (5-0).