Planning Proposals

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Pending Land Use Regulation Changes

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

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to CRS 30-28-116 that Archuleta County Development Services is proposing amendments to the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations. The proposed changes classify utility distribution lines, including those installed above ground in any zone, as Conforming structures; amending Section, adding Section and adding a definition of Electric Power Distribution Line to Section 11.2.1. The specific text proposed to be adopted is available here for review.

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 prior to the public hearing by the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners on April 4, 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.


Recently Heard Planning Items

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 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 and PLN16-115).

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).