Planning Commission wraps up Comp Plan housing discussion

Planning Commission wraps up Comp Plan housing discussion
Posted on 08/11/2016

The La Plata County Planning Commission held its monthly meeting dedicated to updating the county’s 2001 Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, Aug. 4, and completed its discussion of the plan's housing element. The Planning Commission gave direction to staff to bring the updated Housing, Airport, and Land Use elements back in September for formal adoption. 

The Comprehensive Plan considers housing in the context of whether it is “affordable,” defined as gross housing costs - including utilities - for which the occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of his gross income. Since the 2001 Comprehensive Plan was adopted, the median home price in La Plata County has risen 63 percent, while the median family income has increased 48 percent. This gap prompted the county, through the Comprehensive Plan update, to establish goals, objectives, policies and recommendations to help ensure a full range of housing options are available to county residents today, and those projected to arrive in the years to come.

This is multi-faceted conversation that incorporates density, infrastructure demand and outside partners who bring targeted resources to help address the county’s housing challenges. Given the magnitude and complexity of the demand for affordable housing, addressing the situation requires many entities.

The Planning Commission will consider a resolution to adopt the Housing, Airport and Land Use elements, as well as discuss the Extractive Resources & Renewable Energy element of the Comprehensive Plan at its Sept. 1 meeting at 6 p.m. in the county board room at the La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango. 

Visit this page for background on the Comprehensive Plan update process.