National Endowment for the Arts Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on June, 14, 2017 that it was awarding 16 grants totaling over $2.8M to support Colorado organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people. "The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the ones in Colorado offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."
The City of Durango was awarded $25,000 to support a new public art project as part of the Take pART in Durango Initiative. Under the direction of a lead artist to be selected through an open call process, local students and community members will participate in the creation of a gateway sculpture. Art classes and workshops will teach residents skills in artistic disciplines such as ceramics, mosaic, and welding, allowing them to collaborate on the creation of a sculpture that will reflect the historic and cultural character of the community. The artwork will be installed in the medians at the new Highway 550/160 Continuous Flow Intersection, marking the entrance to the City.
Housing Program Update
Planning staff is wrapping up a draft of the Housing Plan, and will present proposed policies and actions from the draft to City Council at the July 11th City Council Study Session. There are five overarching goals contained in the Plan and a series of more specific items intended to increase housing availability and affordability. Staff will use City Council’s direction from the study session to make edits to the Plan, and then will hold a public meeting later in the summer to present the draft. For more info, visit www.durangogov.org/housing
Stormwater Master Plan Phase 1 of 3 Update
The 90% draft of the new Storm Drainage Criteria Manual is available for peer and public review on the City’s web page. The Criteria Manual’s chapters are 99% complete. Engineering staff is currently evaluating/addressing comments from the public. This first phase of the project will establish the design criteria for management of storm water run-off using current, Durango specific rainfall data. Two meetings have been held with local consultants and developers to review the proposed criteria and staff gave the City Council an update on April 25th. Phase 2 of the project will begin later this year. Phase 2 will re-evaluate the storm water basins in and around Durango and will use the new Criteria Manual to determine Stormwater flows that effect projects in and around the City. For more info, visit www.durangogov.org/stormwater
Development Review Project Submittals
Below is a list of the major development review projects that were submitted for review in May and June: