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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

The Community Development Department had a very busy year in 2017 with a record number of development review projects and many internal changes, including: 

  • Director Kevin Hall was named as Assistant City Manager, while retaining his role as Director.
  • The Parking and Sustainability Divisions became part of the Department, as did implementation of the Arts and Culture Program.
  • The City Engineer, Gregg Boysen, was assigned to oversee construction of the new Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility and Escalante Drive Construction.
  • Keith Dougherty became Assistant City Engineer and now oversees primary engineering activities for the Department.
  • The Business Development/Redevelopment Coordinator position was filled mid-year by Colleen O’Brien, who serves as the City’s point of contact for inquiries related to business development and redevelopment.
  • Annie Chacon has been hired as our new Admin Assistant II.

2017 Development Review Highlights

 
In 2017 the Community Development Department received 295 land use applications.  The table below breaks down the application types in 2016 and 2017:  

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2017 Planning Division Highlights


In 2017 the Planning Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Completing the Comp Plan Update
  • Completing the Housing Program Plan
  • Configuring Innoprise software for the Development Review process
  • LUDC Marijuana Text Amendments
  • The North Main Avenue Character District Plan
  • The Camino del Rio Character District Plan
  • Three Springs Fair Share Amendments
  • Twin Buttes Development Agreement Amendments, Design Guidelines and Standards, and new development approvals
  • Escalante/Rocket Annexation, Rocket Apartments, and Goodwill approvals
  • Creekside (Boker Lumber) Planned Development
  • La Posta Road/Animas Air Park Projects
  • Ewing Mesa
  • 1111 Camino Hotel
  • 11th Street Station Food Truck Court
  • Purple Cliffs at Escalante Mixed-Use Project
  • Lake Nighthorse Annexation
  • Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility
  • DFPD Impact Fee and Fire Station #2
  • Liberty School
  • 2BAC Apartments
  • Fired Up Pizza’s new location
  • Zia Cantina
  • Received the Hart Award for Arrowhead Subdivision in conjunction with the property owner
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Architectural renderings of the North Main character district.
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2017 Building Division Highlights


In 2017 the Building Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Implementing Innoprise software for the Building Permitting process
  • Twin Buttes- Issuance of 8 Building Permits for a total of 11 residential units, one home has received a Certificate of Occupancy
  • Confluence Apartments Phase II at Three Springs (70 units)- Building Permit
  • Rocket Apartments (194 units)- Building Permits
  • Goodwill-Building Permit
  • La Plata County Courthouse- Certificate of Occupancy
  • Purple Cliffs at Escalante- Building Permits
  • Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility-Building Permits
  • 1304 Florida Road Apartments (20 units)- Certificate of Occupancy
  • Mercy Hospice- Certificate of Occupancy
  • Ross Stores- Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy
  • Liberty School- Building Permit
  • Mountain Trace Townhomes (15 units)- Building Permits
  • Three Springs Townhomes (15 units)- Building Permits
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The 1304 Florida Apartment Buildings received Certificates of Occupancy in August and September.
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2017 Engineering Division Highlights


In 2017 the Engineering Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Twin Buttes Infrastructure Development
  • Escalante Drive Design, and the Animas River Trail/Smart 160 Trail extension
  • Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility
  • Wilson Gulch Drive
  • 32nd Street EDB - Drafting & construction
  • 50/50 sidewalks
  • North Main ADA Ramps
  • Storm Master Plan Phase I, Cost Analysis & Phase II
  • 2040 TRIP Update
  • 8th Ave & College Road Diet
  • 2nd Ave & College Signal
  • Roosa Ave
  • Baker Lane
  • SRWRF - Industrial Permit renewal
  • Recycle Center - Industrial permit renewal
  • CDPHE - Draft Construction Permit
  • MS4 - City Permit and Compliance Schedule Items
  • La Posta Road Area Plan
  • Lake Nighthorse Drive
  • 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update Assistance
  • Updates to the City Map
  • City Water Network
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Escalante Drive's progress over a two month period from October to December.
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2017 Code Enforcement Division Highlights


In 2017 the Code Enforcement Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • 8761 Service Calls
  • 689 service calls due to bear activities over the summer and fall
  • A record of 50 summons/citations were issued with fines totaling $5050
  • 322 Service calls from our Building/Code Enforcement officer were accomplished to assist the Building Official in his duties
  • A record of 23 Stop work orders were served for work without permits and/or unsafe operations
  • Code Enforcement Officer Steve Barkley spent 21 days in Florida assisting the State with Hurricane Irma recovery operations, all costs were covered by FEMA and the State of Florida
  • 98 illegal camps within the City were removed
  • Participation in the Emergency Bear Ordinance
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2017 Parking Division Highlights


In 2017 the Parking Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Narrow Gauge Sidewalk Project 2017 - The Narrow Gauge meter relocation project was completed in May of 2017. This sidewalk is now ADA compliant! The City partnered with the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and BP America on this unique project that improved safety and achieved ADA compliance. The meters are now mounted on a fence made of donated recycled rail and drill pipe. 
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The Narrow Gauge sidewalk before, during construction, and after project completion.
  • Downtown Meter Resizing, Painting and Realignment Project 2017 - Between Mid-November and Mid-December of 2017, the Parking Division contracted to have the majority of meters in the Central Business District painted, resized to ADA compliant height, and turned to align with the diagonal spaces for easier use. This improvement project is in compliance with City Council’s goal to create a better “Sense of Place” for Durango residents and visitors. 
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Downtown parking meters before and after.
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2017 Sustainability Division Highlights


In 2017 the Sustainability Division spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Continued implementation of Municipal Sustainability Action Plan
  • Achieved the 3-STAR Communities designation
  • Developed and managed STAR Communities public outreach program including Farmers Market, Green Business Roundtable and Green Drinks presentations
  • Assisted with integrating sustainability throughout the updated Comprehensive Plan
  • Maintained City’s green power purchase at 100% and added Airport to 100% program
  • Maintained EPA Green Power Community designation
  • Achieved national SolSmart solar ready community designation
  • Continued to pursue development of on-site renewable energy generation facilities
  • Assisted with identification of energy efficiency opportunities and applicable incentives/rebates
  • Awarded EPEAT and SEC e-purchasing awards
  • Monitored use of the three dual-cord Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Durango Transit Center
  • Conducted campaigns to encourage resource conservation through energy and water efficiency and waste minimization/recycling
  • Revised sustainability and recycling program marketing materials
  • Monitored usage of all electric, gas and water accounts associated with Municipal Operations
  • Organized Pumpkin drop-off recycling event in collaboration with other local organizations
  • Managed the City Hall employee garden
  • Participated in Compact of Colorado Communities working groups
  • Assisted with Multimodal events – Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeos, Winter Bike to Work Day, Clean Commute Week, Float to Work Day and Way to Go Together Club presentations
  • Participated in Department of Interior Climate Adaptation Workshop
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Float to Work Day
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Whitey the Pig enjoys the perks of the pumpkin drop off, greeting cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

2017 Art and Culture Program Highlights


In 2017 the Public Art Commission spent a significant amount of time on:

  • Accepting a National Endowment for the Arts NEA Grant for $25,000
  • Accepting 3 donated art pieces for the Public Art Collection
  • The 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update new Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Element
  • Advertising the great results from the Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey that was released in June
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UPCOMING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS FOR 2018

 
February
  1. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Tue. Feb. 6th @ 6:30pm
  2. Artist Meet & Greet Open House for the Hwy 550/160 Median (SKA) – Fri. Feb. 9th from 4:30-6:30pm
  3. City Council Study Session (Council Chambers) – Tue. Feb. 13th @ 4pm
  4. Design Review Board Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. Feb. 14th @ 4pm
  5. CITY OFFICES CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY – Mon. Feb. 19th
  6. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Tue. Feb. 20th @ 6:30pm
  7. Historic Preservation Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. Feb. 21st @ 5:30pm
  8. North Main/Camino del Rio Character District Open House (Durango Library) – Wed. Feb. 21st from 6:30-8pm
  9. Planning Commission Study Session (River City Hall) – Thur. Feb. 22nd @4pm
  10. Planning Commission Meeting (Council Chambers) – Mon. Feb. 26th @ 6pm
  11. Public Art Commission Meeting (River City Hall) - Tue. Feb. 27th @ 9am
  12. City Council Study Session (Council Chambers) – Tue. Feb. 27th @ 4pm
  13. Board of Adjustment Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. Feb. 28th @ 4pm
 
March
  1. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Mon. March 5th @ 6:30pm
  2. City Council Study Session (Council Chambers) – Tue. March 13th @ 4pm
  3. Design Review Board Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. March 14th @ 4pm
  4. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Tue. March 20th @ 6:30pm
  5. Historic Preservation Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. March 21st @ 5:30pm
  6. Planning Commission Study Session (River City Hall) – Thur. March 22nd @4pm
  7. Planning Commission Meeting (Council Chambers) – Mon. March 26th @ 6pm
  8. Public Art Commission Meeting (River City Hall) - Tue. March 27th @ 9am
  9. Board of Adjustment Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. March 28th @ 4pm
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