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: https://aca.accela.com/archco/

    (Note: Our mobile app is still a work in progress. For best results, access via a desktop connection.)

     

    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.
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    Land Use Regulation Amendments
    Archuleta County Development Services is proposing amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations. The proposed changes to Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11 are intended to improve general clarity and references; relax certain setbacks, modernize Subdivision Regulations; clarify Mining application requirements and shift Minor Oil & Gas from Administrative to Planning Commission review; and clarify Development Standards, Abbreviations and Definitions. (Case File PLN19-106.) The Archuleta County Planning Commission held a public hearing on March 27, 2019, and unanimously recommended approval.
  • Comments regarding this proposal may be submitted to the Archuleta County Development Services-Planning Department, P.O. Box 1507, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1507 (970) 264-1390 or to Planning@archuletacounty.org prior to the public hearing by the Board of County Commissioners on May 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the County Administration Office Meeting Room, 398 Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs. Public comment will be taken at the meeting.

     
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    Recently Heard Planning Items

    BECKMAN-CULVER ZONE MAP AMENDMENT / ASPEN SPRINGS 2 AMENDMENT 2019-01 FINAL PLAT
    On March 19, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Beckman-Culver Zone Map Amendment and Aspen Springs Subdivision No. 2 Amendment 2019-01 Final Plat. 

    Ronald Beckman and Philip Culver applied to rezone approx. 11.5 acres northeast of County Rd 146 (Turkey Springs Rd), Pagosa Springs, which was created by Resolution 2000-55 and a small remainder in S3 T34N R3W, NMPM, from Agricultural/Ranching (AR) to Agricultural Estates (AE) to match adjacent property in Aspen Springs Subdivision No. 2.  Ronald & Bernice Beckman, and Philip Culver on behalf of the Phillip F. Culver Revocable Trust, also applied for Final Plat review of the Aspen Springs Subdivision No. 2 Amendment 2019-01 re-plat, located in the SW¼ of S2 & SE¼ of S3 T34N R3W, NMPM. This includes Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 25X of Amended Aspen Springs Subdivision No. 2, the tract created by Resolution 2000-55 and the remainder tract subject to Decree Quieting Title (Rec. No. 21702690). The Amended Plat is intended to correct boundary issues and would result in no increase in permitted residential density.

    Check Citizen Access https://aca.accela.com/archco/ to read the full application. Under Planning, search cases for Record PLN19-045 (Rezoning) or PLN19-046 (Subdivision-Final Plat), and click the blue triangle for Attachments.

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    ADOPTION OF 2015 BUILDING CODES
    Pursuant to CRS 30-28-204, the Planning Commissioners of Archuleta County, Colorado, held a public meeting on 1/23/19 to consider updating the County Building codes from 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) & International Building Code (IBC) to 2015 IRC & IBC with modifications, along with revision to the Archuleta County Building Safety Regulations.  After hearing public comments, the Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners no action at this time, continue on the 2006 IRC and IBC, and pursue further research on the 2018 codes.  Subsequently, the Board of County Commissioners did vote to adopt the 2015 building codes (Link to Building Dept. in left side bar).

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    IMPROPERLY DIVIDED PARCELS
    By Colorado Statute, any parcel under 35 acres created since 1972, must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners through Subdivision Review, or exempted from Review. Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners have adopted Resolution 2018-54 providing a process to legalize by exemption certain Improperly Divided Parcels (IDPs) which have not been previously reviewed and approved. Applications will be accepted through calendar year 2019.

     

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    SHORT-TERM RENTALS:  On July 3, 2018, the Board approved Resolution 2018-14, to permit Vacation Rental of dwellings (homes/condo/townhouse) with an Administrative Conditional Use Permit (Vacation Rental permit), effective October 1, 2018.  Contact the Planning Dept. at 970.264.1390 to schedule a Pre-Application conference, in person or over the phone. 

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    On 19 June 2018, the Archuleta Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations, as recommended by the Planning Commission. The proposed General changes to Sections 1, 2, 3, 5 and 11 were 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.  Changes took effect immediately and have been incorporated into the Land Use Regulations available online.
      
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    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 withdrew their application and has vacated the property.
     

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