Comprehensive Plan, Districts, and RDACs

Registered District Advisory Committees (RDACs)

Display of the relationship between the Land Use Code, Comprehensive Plan, and Area Plans, and how they influence future development.Display of the relationship between the Land Use Code, Comprehensive Plan, and Area Plans, and how they influence future development.

Chapters 62 through 81 and Chapter 90 of the La Plata County Code are referred to as the La Plata County Land Use Code (LUC); these chapters contain the county’s land use, zoning, floodplain, and subdivision regulations as well as road and bridge design standards.  The LUC is the primary tool used regulate and guide the development in La Plata County, and to implement the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan and District Plans.

The Comprehensive Plan establishes a framework for land use planning in the County. Planning is not intended to be a static, one-time event, but an ongoing process that reflects changing conditions in the community. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide growth while protecting the environment and enhancing the lives of county residents; it also seeks to recognize the diverse perspectives on land use and private property rights expressed by county residents.

District plans are intended to provide more detailed analyses of physical attributes, opportunities and constraints of a particular geographical area within the county than that provided by the more generalized comprehensive plan. Twelve (12) planning districts that encompass distinct geographical areas in the county are illustrated in the map at the bottom of this page. Public input, especially from local residents of the District, property owners, and business owners and public agencies, was critical in the development of each area plan. District plans are advisory, not regulatory, and are intended to be consistent with the intents and purpose of the Comprehensive Plan; they represent the more specific vision and goals of the residents in the District, and perform an important function in the compatibility analysis as required by the county's performance-based zoning system.

Each plan:

  • Identifies the unique characteristics of a particular area
  • Captures key issues within each area
  • Establishes goals, policies and objectives to guide growth in each area
  • Assists the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner in evaluating the density, type, and location and compatibility of land uses in each area
Check out this identification tool if you are not sure which Planning District you're in, and find land use designations at LPC's GIS Mapping Service.

Color-coded map depicting twelve districts of La Plata County
Twelve (12) planning districts that encompass distinct geographical areas in the county, illustrated by color.


(Resources) -PDFs
La Plata County Comprehensive Plan
Animas Valley Zoning Plan
Bayfield Plan
Durango Plan
Florida Mesa Plan
Florida Road Plan
Fort Lewis Mesa Plan
Junction Creek Plan
La Posta Plan
North County Plan
Southeast Plan
Vallecito Plan
West Durango Plan