Important Dates Coming Soon!

The latest public review draft of the Durango Comprehensive Plan has been uploaded to the documents page of the Durango Plan Update web page for your review and comments:

The latest version incorporates some edits to the future land use map and the plan text that were recommended by the public, the Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Committee, the Arts and Culture Working Group, the Planning Commission and City Council during workshops last month. Changes to the existing Comprehensive Plan are described in the Draft Plan Update summary, which is also included in the documents center of the project web site.

You can submit your comments on the Plan on the web site’s comments page, email them to, mail them to Community Development, c/o Vicki Vandegrift, 949 East Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301 or hand deliver them to 1235 Camino del Rio.

You’re invited to attend each of the following meetings:

March 20th
Future Land Use Map Open House, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Durango Rec Center, Windom Room
Comp Plan Public Workshop, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Durango Rec Center, Windom Room

March 21st
Joint Study Session City Council, Planning Commission and the Comp Plan Advisory Committee, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., City Hall, Smith Chambers (note that public comment will not be taken at this study session)

March 22nd
Planning Commission Public Hearing, 6:00 p.m., City Hall, Smith Chambers

April 4th
City Council Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Smith Chambers

We look forward to your comments!

Upcoming Public Meetings

Help Shape Durango’s Future! The City of Durango is seeking direction on the City’s future at a series of public meetings on Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23. Participants’ recommendations will be used to update Durango’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide public and private growth decisions through the year 2040.

Arts and Culture Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 22nd
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Durango Public Library
1900 E 3rd Ave

Future Land Use Map Open House

Thursday, February 23rd
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Durango Recreation Center Windom Room
2700 North Main Avenue

Comp Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, February 23rd
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Durango Recreation Center Windom Room
2700 North Main Avenue

The 4:00 workshop on Wednesday, February 22, will focus on the proposed Arts & Culture Element of the Comprehensive Plan. This new element defines the City’s roles in supporting arts and cultural initiatives as vital elements of Durango’s economy and quality of life.

The 4:30 open house on Thursday, February 23, provides the opportunity for residents to review and discuss proposed changes to the future land use map of the Comprehensive Plan. This map is a guide for zoning, development and capital investment decisions.

The 6:00 workshop on Thursday, February 23 will highlight proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and strategies, which were developed with the guidance of previous workshop participants, the Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The goal of the plan update process is to bring citizens, public administrators and service providers together to adjust the City’s growth priorities. The updated Comprehensive Plan will identify key growth challenges faced by Durango and strategies to address those challenges.  The Plan focuses on land use, housing, mobility, utilities, community facilities, economic growth, arts & culture, natural resources and other elements defining the quality of life in Durango.

Comprehensive Plan Community Open House Topic: Arts & Culture

Thursday, December 8
4:00-6:00 pm
Durango Public Library
1900 E. 3rd Avenue

Mark your calendars for a Community Open House on Thursday, December 8th 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Durango Public Library.  The City of Durango is seeking input for the arts and cultural component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update, including a draft goal, objectives, and specific strategies to achieve the goals.  Community members are welcome to stop by the Durango Public Library any time between 4:00 and 6:00 – there will be no formal presentation at this open house.

Plan Update Kicks Off with a Productive August Community Forum

The Comprehensive Plan update shifted into high gear on the week of August 2, with consultants Michael Lauer and Tom Borrup facilitating a series of interviews and workshops. The interviews provided important background information on public services, utilities, mobility, sustainability, parks and recreation, the arts community, cultural assets and a variety of other topics. The workshops which are listed below with links to presentations where applicable, gave local stakeholders the chance to share their concerns and hopes for Durango with the consultant team.

The August 2nd Joint Workshop with the City Council, Planning Commission and Comp Plan Advisory Committee provided an overview of the planning process, the opportunity for participants to review currently adopted vision, values and guiding principle statements and the chance to comment on key issues to be addressed by the Plan.

The August 3rd Comp Plan Advisory Committee meeting provided more details about the need for the Plan, outlined the Committee’s responsibilities in the planning process and engaged more detailed discussion of Comp Plan issues.

The August 3rd Community Workshop introduced the public to the Plan update process; generated suggestions to revise the aspirations reflected in the Plan’s vision, values and guiding principles; began discussions of assets that will be critical to the new Plan element addressing arts and culture; and generated in-depth discussions of where and how the City should grow in the future. These latter discussions will be the basis for three growth scenarios that will be evaluated during the next three months of the process.

The August 4th Arts and Culture Working Group Meeting led to a lively discussion of the community’s arts and cultural assets, ways they contribute to the economy and quality of life, and some of the aspirations of the local arts community as well as potential roles the City of Durango could play to advance the work of the cultural sector.

The outcomes of these meetings and summaries of participant’s input will be posted on this website in the coming weeks. Be sure to register on this site to get notice of future opportunities to help shape Durango’s future.