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RE:NEW & DURANGO CREATES! GRANTS

Have you noticed the new paint, facades, landscaping, businesses and art along North Main Avenue and Camino del Rio? Property owners, businesses and community members are busy implementing the vision for the North Main and Camino Character Districts. As a tool to help with this process, City Council approved two new grant programs for 2018, Durango Creates! and RE:NEW. These grants have been a huge success and a crucial incentive to encourage stakeholders to take action.
 
The RE:NEW Grant is a one to one matching grant for improvements to the exterior of properties. Funds were approved by the Design Review Board (DRB) and awarded for a variety of projects ranging from landscaping to entire facade renovations.  As of August, the City awarded funds for five projects impacting nine businesses. With three more projects in the pipeline, we anticipate awarding all the funds by the end of September.  www.durangogov.org/DocumentCenter/View/9473

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The Durango Creates! grant is focused on engaging residents and community organizations in creating vibrant spaces and events to encourage more people to visit North Main and Camino. As of August, the City's Public Art Commission (PAC) has approved and awarded three grants. These projects include a Lego hunt on North Main, a sculpture and seating area called “Take a Seat on Main Street mini Museum” and Durango’s largest mural on the back of Kroeger’s Ace Hardware. There are still funds available in the Durango Creates! program, for more information visit http://www.durangogov.org/DocumentCenter/View/9470.

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Take a Seat on Main Street mini Museum

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Kroeger's Ace Hardware Mural

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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY

The City of Durango's Sustainability Division is compiling a community greenhouse gas emissions inventory with pro bono support from Fort Lewis College Professor, Laurie Williams, and CU Postdoctoral Fellow, Joanna Gordon Casey. The inventory is being conducted through a partnership with the Thriving Earth Exchange and will measure energy used for buildings, vehicles, transit systems, waste disposal and other activities carried out by City residents and businesses. The resulting data will provide an update to the inventory completed for La Plata County in 2008 and will be used to inform and prioritize climate mitigation planning within the City.
https://thrivingearthexchange.org/project/durango-co/

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS (ADUs)

Currently, the City allows ADUs in the EN-1, EN-2 and EN-3 zoning districts. The City’s Planning Division has spent the last few months working on a public process for ADUs in all other single-family zones within the City.  Staff is proposing a Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) Text Amendment to allow ADUs in EN-4, EN-5 and EN-6 with similar standards and guidelines as are currently required for ADUs in the other zone districts. The proposed text amendment will be in front of the Planning Commission on Monday, August 27th and tentatively in front of City Council on Tuesday, September 18th for adoption.  Public comments can be submitted to Mark Williams, Planner II at mark.williams@durangogov.org or can be presented at the public hearings.  To review the draft language, visit the ADU webpage:  http://www.durangogov.org/adus

STORMWATER MASTER PLAN

The City’s Engineering Division is in the middle of a multi-year Stormwater Master Plan Update.  Phase I, the Storm Drainage Design Criteria Manual, has been completed and will be in front of the Planning Commission on Monday, August 27th and tentatively in front of City Council on Tuesday, September 18th for adoption.  Public comments can be submitted to Jeni Nicovich, Civil Engineer II at jeni.nicovich@durangogov.org or can be presented at the public hearings.  To review the draft language, visit the Stormwater webpage: http://www.durangogov.org/stormwater

DEPARTMENT UPDATES

  • Dan Armentano, Permit Technician, was promoted to Planner I.
  • Jackie Cox, Administrative Assistant III, was promoted to Permit Technician.
  • We hired a new Administrative Assistant II, Yvonne Alves.
  • The Department received the 2018 State Archeologist's Award for Arrowhead Ridge.
  • The Department received the 2018 American Planning Association Colorado Merit Award for the Durango Housing Plan.
  • Code Enforcement Officer Barkley presented to the Citizens Police Academy.
  • Code Enforcement Officer Barkley was a facilitator/trainer for Public Safety training for Leadership La Plata.
  • The Housing Plan was adopted.
  • The North Main and Camino del Rio Character District Plans were adopted.
  • Completed the College Drive / East 2nd Ave traffic signal installation.
  • The Jameson Court project was approved for residential uses.
  • Tap River received preliminary approvals.
  • The Chamber Building at Brookside Park is under construction.
  • Lumien Apartments received preliminary approvals for affordable housing.
  • The Turner Building received major site plan approvals for housing.
  • Applied for and received $18,270 for the CDPHE Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) grant for recycling containers and outreach
  • Developed and launched new DurangoRecycles.com online ‘What Goes Where’ tool, scheduling web app and waste sort game
  • Launched city resilience training and planning with $10,000 financial and technical support, and all expenses paid Resilient Cities Summit conference through the National League of Cities Leadership in Community Resilience Program
  • Launched Best for Colorado Challenge in collaboration with Business Development / Redevelopment Division and Local First
  • Completed meter pole renovation and resizing project to make all meters Handicap accessible and refurbished to improve their appearance.
  • Infilled parking spaces and meter locations where we could find appropriate spacing in the Central Business district.
  • Four Hotel Sites are starting or under construction (1111 Camino, Mercury Village, Downtown East 2nd Avenue, and Escalante Drive). Below is a breakdown of the approved hotels since 2011:
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Development Review Report

Below is a breakdown of the types of development review projects that were submitted for review in the first half of 2018, and a list of the major projects:
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Planning Report

Below is a breakdown of the types of Planning Permits issued in the in the first half of 2018:

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Building Permit Report

Below is a breakdown of the types of Building Permits issued in the first half of 2018:

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Engineering Report

Below is a breakdown of the types of Engineering Permits issued in the first half of 2018:

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Code Enforcement Report

Below is a breakdown of the types of calls Code Enforcement received in the first half of 2018:

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Parking Division Report

Below is the Parking Division Report for the first half of 2018:

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Large Development Review Projects

Below is a breakdown of large projects that have been submitted for review in the first half of 2018:

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

  1. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Tue. Sept. 4th @ 6:30pm
  2. City Council Study Session (Council Chambers) – Tue. Sept. 11th @ 4pm
  3. Design Review Board Meeting (Council Chambers) - Wed. Sept. 12th @ 4pm
  4. City Council Meeting (Council Chambers) – Tue. Sept. 18th @ 6:30pm
  5. Historic Preservation Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. Sept. 19th @ 5:30pm
  6. Planning Commission Study Session (River City Hall) – Thur. Sept. 20th @4pm
  7. Planning Commission Meeting (Council Chambers) – Mon. Sept. 24th @ 6pm
  8. Public Art Commission Meeting (River City Hall) - Tue. Sept. 25th @ 8am
  9. City Council Study Session (Council Chambers) – Tue. Sept. 25th @ 4pm
  10. Board of Adjustment Meeting (Council Chambers) – Wed. Sept.26th @4pm
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