Planning Proposals

Land Use Applications

New Online Access for Application Review

Citizen Access for Planning & Building permits is now available online. Look up development information and plans, via the Accela hosted website:

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Black & Veatch, representing Verizon Wireless, has applied 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 will permit 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). At their meeting on December 14, 2016, the Archuleta County Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions.

Applicant has also made a concurrent request for Variances from Section 3.1.4 of the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations maximum height of 35’ in the Agricultural Estate (AE) zone, and Section of the Land Use Regulations and Section and of the Archuleta County Road and Bridge Design Standards requiring paving of access, which will be heard at the same meeting by the Board of Adjustment (PLN16-115).

Comments may be submitted to the 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 Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners and Board of Adjustment on Tuesday January 17, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the County Administration Office Meeting Room, 398 Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs. Public comment will be taken at the meeting.

Pending Land Use Regulation Changes

The Planning Commission is currently reviewing the Archuleta County Community Plan during regular work sessions.

Recently Heard Planning Items 

Amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations
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).
On 4 August 2015, the Board of County Commissioners of Archuleta County, Colorado, passed a resolution to revise the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations, Sections 10 – Floodplain Regulations and 11 – Definitions.