The Community Development Department had a very busy year in 2018 with record development review projects and permits.  This newsletter highlights some of the Department’s 2018 accomplishments. 


  • The completion of Escalante Drive opening up additional properties for commercial, mixed use and residential development.
  • Four Hotel Sites are under construction:
    • Holiday Inn Express (1111 Camino del Rio) – 91 Rooms
    • Springhill Suites (Mercury Village) – 100 Rooms
    • AC Marriot and Hampton Inn (Downtown Hotel on E 2nd Ave) – 202 Rooms
    • Sleep Inn & MainStay Suites (Escalante Drive) – 82 Rooms
  • Three Springs and Twin Buttes remain our largest projects for residential development. All other developments in 2018 were Infill projects.
  • Completed the Lake Nighthorse Annexation process.
  • Implemented the Innoprise module for Development Review.
  • Some of the larger project reviews and permits in 2018 included:
    • Animas Surgical Phase II
    • Hope Springs
    • Jameson COurt
    • Downtown Durango Hotel
    • 1111 Camino del Rio Hotel
    • Escalante Village (tiny homes park)
    • Taylor property
    • El Rincon Townhomes (Crites Heights)
    • 32nd Street Townhomes (Sugnet)
    • VOA Conceptual Design
    • Escalante Used Car Lot
    • Albert Hotel/Medical Office Building
    • Liberty School
    • East Side Lofts (old Kangaroo)
    • Tap River
    • Carvon Tract A
    • Southfork Mini Storage
    • Coors Expansion
    • Mountain Trace Phase 2
    • 2706 Junction Subdivision
    • Sheehan (5th Leg of Wilson Gulch Round-A-bout)
    • North Main Apartmetns
    • 3211 Main - Techniglass
    • Habitat for Humanity Restore
    • 2BAC Townhomes
    • Chamber of Commerce Building
    • La Plata ACT Building
    • DFPD Fire Station #3
    • Lumien Apartments Phase II
    • Villas at Hillcrest
    • Moore Parks Building
    • Illete Fitness
    • Williams Funeral Home
    • Springhill Suites in Mercury Village
    • Basin CoOp Annexation
    • The Birds
    • Outdoor Exchange
    • Sunshine Gardens
    • Zia
    • Durango Smoke Shop
Goodwill on Escalante Drive

2018 Development Review Highlights

In 2018 the Community Development Department received 326 land use applications.  The table below breaks down the application types in 2016, 2017 and 2018: 

Dev Rev
Confluence Apartments Phase II in Three Springs

2018 Planning & Business Development Division Highlights

  • Received the 2018 State Archeologist's Award for Arrowhead Ridge.
  • Received the 2018 American Planning Association Colorado Merit Award for the Durango Housing Plan.
  • The Housing Plan was adopted.
  • The North Main and Camino del Rio Character District Plans were adopted.
  • The Durango Mesa Area Plan was completed.
  •  The ADU Process for EN-4, EN-5 and EN-6 was completed.
  • Staff coordinated The Main Event - the North Main Avenue community party.
  • Started implementing the Re:New Grant program.
Rocket Pointe Apartments on Escalante Drive

2018 Building Division Highlights

  • The 2015 I-Codes (including the Energy Code) became effective.
2BAC Townhomes Under Construction on Florida Road

2018 Engineering Division Highlights

  • Completed the Escalante Drive construction.
  • Completed the Cost Analysis/Phase 1 of the Stormwater Master Plan update and adopted the new Design Criteria Manual.
  • Started Phase 2 of the Stormwater Master Plan modeling basin hydrology inside and outside of the Comp Plan/City boundary.
  • Participated in the update to the City’s Annex (portion) of the La Plata County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • Completed the College Drive / East 2nd Ave traffic signal installation and oversaw the new two-way traffic configuration.
  • Provided education and outreach for the MS4 program.
  • Completed the Southfork Mini Storage and Hope Springs water main extensions, and approved design for Animas Air Park water main extension.
Escalante Drive Under Construction

2018 Code Enforcement Division Highlights

  • 6307 Service Calls
  • 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.
  • Code Enforcement Officer Barkley presented at the Western Bear Conference in Grand Junction on the Bear/Citizen/Code Enforcement Interactions and Outcomes.
  • Bear complaints were down due to favorable weather and food supplies, as well as the south end of town is now supplied with wildlife resistant cans.
  • Inter-department coordination continued to occur with the Parking Division, the Police Department, the City Operations Department, and the Parks & Recreation Department to ensure effective and timely Code Enforcement.
Code Enforcement Dealing with an Abandoned Travel Trailer

2018 Parking Division Highlights

  • 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.
  • Successful completion the test on updated meter mechanisms for planned replacement in the 2019 CIP budget.
  • Worked successfully with the Downtown Durango Hotel developers on the restriping and meter relocation for parking along East 2nd Avenue to make it 2-way for traffic. 
East 2nd Avenue with 2-Way Traffic and Parallel Parking

2018 Sustainability Division Highlights

  • Continued implementation of Municipal Sustainability Action Plan.
  • Maintained City's 100% green power purchase and EPA Green Power Community status.
  • Participated in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory training program and evaluation of options for on-site renewable electricity generation.
  • Received national SolSmart 'solar ready community' Gold designation.
  • Awarded EPEAT and SEC e-purchasing awards.
  • 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.
  • Monitored usage of all electric, gas and water accounts associated with Municipal Operations and launched new online tracking system.
  • 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.
  • Participated in Compact of Colorado Communities meetings and electric utility working group.
  • Initiated Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in partnership with Thriving Earth Exchange and Fort Lewis College scientists.
Public Resiliency Workshop

2018 Art and Culture Program Highlights

  • Undertook a public process to select the Lead Artists for the Highway 550/160 Median Community Art Project that is being partially funded by an NEA Grant.
  • The Highway 550/160 Lead Artists started the public/school participation process for ‘Common Threads’ https://www.durangocommonthreads.com/
  • Started implementing the Durango Creates! Grant program.
  • Completed the first phase of professional maintenance of the City's Public Art collection.
  • Accepted 3 new art donation pieces into the City's Public Art collection.
Tiospaye "Love" Sculpture Donation in Rank Park on the Animas River Trail
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