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Boards & Commissions

		

Boards & Commissions

Citizen participation is extremely important to the La Plata Board of County Commissioners and Staff. We currently have over 37 active boards or commissions with almost 200 people formally participating in the on-going county government decision making processes.

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Position Descriptions and Openings
Current Board and Commission Members

Board of Adjustment

Purpose: To hear variances to La Plata County's Land Use System of special exceptions and appeals.
Number of Members: Three (Plus two members of Planning Comm & one Alternate)
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: One Year
Enabling Resolution: 1990-39, and 1993-25

Board of Appeals

Purpose: To hear variances to La Plata County's Land Use System of special exceptions and appeals.
Number of Members: Five (Plus up to four alternates)
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Three Year
Enabling Resolution: 1998-27, 2002-14

Bruce Lane Zoning District

Purpose: To hear variances to La Plata County's Land Use System of special exceptions and appeals.
Number of Members:  Three
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Three Year
Enabling Resolution: 1993-20

Citizens Review Panel for Child Welfare Grievances

Purpose: To hear grievances concerning the conduct of La Plata County Social Services Department personnel in the performance of their duties with regard to child welfare cases.
Number of Members:  Five (Plus two alternates)
Meeting Time: As Needed
Special Requirements: Must be a resident of La Plata County and shall have reached the age of 18 on the effective date of their appointment. At least one member shall be a parent of a minor child at the time of appointment and all appointees shall have demonstrable personal or professional knowledge and experience with children, such as, but not limited to, educators, youth counselors, and/or individuals with experience in child welfare, adoption services and/or social work. Employees of the State of Colorado Department of Human Services and La Plata County are not eligible, nor is any person who has been convicted of child abuse or a felony, or any person who is listed on the central registry for child abuse.
Length of Term: Three Year
Enabling Resolution: 1997-76

Community Corrections Board

Purpose: To advise the Board of County Commissioners and the City of Durango on matters regarding the provisions of residential and non-residential community correction services for La Plata County, including the screening of referrals for placement with any non-governmental community corrections facilities or programs located within La Plata County.
Number of Members:  Six (Two from La Plata County)
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Two Years
Enabling Resolution: 1987-46, 1996-6 and 1999-10

Core Services-Therapeutic and Life Skills Committee

Purpose:

To assure access to alternatives to out-of-home placements for families with children at imminent risk of out-of-home placements and to prepare a plan for provision of services.

Number of Members: Twelve
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Three Years
Enabling Resolution: 2009-41

Durango Hills Road Improvement District Advisory Committee

Purpose: To advise the Board of County Commissioners on operational matters pertaining to the District; prepare and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the District's annual budget, work plan and mill levy.
Number of Members:
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Three Years
Enabling Resolution: 1990-33, 1997-21, and 1998-22; 2012-11

Durango-La Plata County Airport Commission

Purpose: To make recommendations on the operation and administration of the Durango/La Plata County Airport; to make recommendations regarding the Airport's operations and capital budget; and to review and adopt long-term financial plans for operation and capital needs for the facility.
Number of Members: Nine (3 appointed by the City of Durango,3 appointed by La Plata County and 1 joint appointment plus the City Manager and the County Manager)
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 3:00 p.m.
Length of Term: Three Years
Enabling Resolution: 1997-53, 2002-7

Durango Public Library Board

Purpose: To make recommendations on the operation and administration of the Durango Public Library; to make recommendations on policies and procedures for consideration and adopted by the City Council; to make recommendations regarding the Library's capital budget; and to review and adopt long-term financial plans for operation and capital needs for the facility.
Number of Members: Members consist of three (3) members appointed by the City of Durango, two(2) by La Plata County plus Library Director serves as ex-offico.
   Six (Two from La Plata County)
Meeting Time: As Needed
Length of Term: Two Years
Enabling Resolution: 1987-46, 1996-6 and 1999-10

Extension Advisory Committee

Purpose: To act in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and to work with the local Extension Office personnel, in cooperation with the Colorado Cooperative Extension Service, in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs.
Number of Members: Eleven
Meeting Time: Quarterly as set by committee
Length of Term: Three years 
Enabling Resolution: 1997-11

Fairgrounds Commission

Purpose: To make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (with the advice and assistance of the Fairgrounds Manager) concerning rules, regulations, policies, operations, budgets and capital improvements for the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds Commission shall also review specific matters submitted to it by the Board of County Commissioners for consideration and perform such functions as prescribed by the Board of County Commissioners.
Number of Members: Seven
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.
Length of Term: Three years 
Enabling Resolution: 1997-13

Fire Code Adoption And Revision Committee

Purpose: To have the authority and shall perform the duties identified in La Plata County Code Section 34-34 - Jurisdiction of the county fire code adoption and revision commission - as such provision may, from time to time, be amended. In addition, the Fire Code Adoption and Revision Committee shall make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners with respect to the adoption or amendment of the Fire Code, and ensure consistent interpretation and enforcement of this Code by the Fire Departments
Number of Members: Ten
Meeting Time: As often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities
Length of Term: Three years 
Enabling Resolution: 2002-19, 2003-31, 2008-24; Ordinance No. O-2010-01; 2011-38

Fire Code Board of Appeals

Purpose: To hear and decide appeals from the decision of any administrative officer or agency based upon or made in the course of the administration or enforcement of the provisions of the Fire Code
Number of Members: Five members, including a design professional, fire protection engineering professional, industrial safety professional, general contractor and general industry or business representative
Meeting Time: As often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities
Length of Term: Three years 
Enabling Resolution: Ordinance No. O-2010-01

Hermosa-Animas Valley Zoning District

Purpose: To make recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners as they relate to the Animas Valley Land Use Plan.
Number of Members: Three (Plus two alternates)
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1993-29

Hermosa Creek Zoning District

Purpose: To make recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners as they relate to the Animas Valley Land Use Plan.
Number of Members: Three
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1984-124 and 1993-28

Hermosa West Zoning District

Purpose: To make recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners as they relate to the Animas Valley Land Use Plan. Members must be residents of the district and owners of real property within the district.
Number of Members: Three
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1993-41

Historic Preservation Review Commission

Purpose: Review requests for designation of historic landmarks and historic districts. Make recommendations to the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners with respect to the preservation of cultural, historic, and/or architectural history within the boundaries of La Plata County and any requests for designation of historic landmarks and historic districts.
Number of Members: Five
Meeting Time: As often as needed to fulfill its responsibilities
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 2004-33, 2010-09

Ignacio, Allison, Oxford Cemetery District Committee

Purpose: To oversee and administer the operation of the Ignacio, Allison and Oxford Cemetery. Members must reside within the boundaries of the District.
Number of Members: Three
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Six years
Enabling Resolution: 10/7/57

Ignacio Community Library District Board

Purpose: To make recommendations on the operation and administration of the Butch McClanahan Memorial Library in Ignacio. Members must reside within the boundaries of the District.
Number of Members: Five
Meeting Time: Every other month as needed
Length of Term: Five years
Enabling Resolution: 1991-4

Joint Planning Commission

Purpose: To review Development Applications for development within certain areas of the La Plata County and City of Durango Joint Planning Area
Number of Members: Three (3) Regular and One (1) Alternate, plus Three (3) Regular and One (1) Alternate from the City of Durango
Meeting Time: Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: IGA regarding Joint Land Use Planning with Durango

Living with Wildlife Advisory Board

Purpose: To work collaboratively with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Officer, and other agencies as appropriate, to develop and implement programs to reduce animal damage within La Plata County. To develop and coordinate educational programs to assist community members in living with wildlife on their property safely and appropriately. To review any specific matters submitted to it for consideration and perform such other functions as prescribed by the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners.
Number of Members: Six (6) plus 1 S. Ute Tribal Member plus indefinite number of alternates
Meeting Time: As often as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1997-16, 2001-12, 2002-6, 2007-10, 2007-18

Lodging Tax Panel

Purpose: To administer the tourism fund. Where there is an established and proven marketing entity within the County formed for the purpose of advertising and marketing tourism, the panel is encouraged to use that entity, and that entity shall provide an audited accounting to the panel and to the County Commissioners, on an annual basis. §30-11-107-5 stipulates that members of the Lodging Tax Panel shall be appointed from the tourism industry within the municipalities or unincorporated areas from which the lodging tax is collected. No tax shall apply within any municipality levying a lodging tax. Therefore, because a lodging tax is collected by the City of Durango, members of the Lodging Tax Panel shall be in the tourism industry outside of the City Limits of Durango.
Number of Members: Five
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1987-87 & 1989-17

Long-Term Finance Committee

Purpose: To engage skilled and knowledgeable community members to assist in maintaining a structurally balanced budget to fulfill existing responsibilities and secure the future of La Plata County. Duties include:
 
  • Review revenue and expenditure trends with a view to identifying potential financial threats and opportunities;
  • Make recommendations to maintain a structurally balanced budget and preserve the County's fiscal soundness;
  • Review capital improvement programs and the recommendations for funding those improvements
Number of Members: Five
Meeting Time: As often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 2009-07

 Multi-Event Center Task Force

Purpose: To engage volunteer representatives from the community representing various interest groups to participate in developing more detailed recommendations, planning and implementation with respect to the proposed multi-event center (Phase II) and to serve in an advisory capacity to the BOCC on the subject.
Number of Members: Up to nine (9), (Plus two (2) alternates)
  To the extent possible, the BOCC shall appoint, at its discretion, individuals to serve on the Task Force who represent various geographic locations within La Plata County and who are members of the following community and/or constituent groups:

    * Equestrian and/or agricultural interests
    * Sports and/or recreational interests
    * 4-H youth member
    * The local banking community
    * The local business community
    * Entertainment and/or tourism interests
    * Community at large
Meeting Time: As often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities
Length of Term: Two years
Enabling Resolution: 2009-06

Pine River Cemetery District Committee

Purpose: To oversee and administer the operation of the Pine River Cemetery District. Members must reside within the boundaries of the District.
Number of Members: Three
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Six years
Enabling Resolution: 10/15/53

Pine River Public Library District Board

Purpose: To make recommendations on the operation and administration of the Pine River Public Library. Members must reside within the boundaries of the District.
Number of Members: Seven
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Five years
Enabling Resolution: 1972-71, 2002-49, 2010-08

Planning Commission

Purpose: To make, adopt and revise, as may be necessary, a master plan for the physical development of the unincorporated territory of the County; to develop, propose and recommend subdivision regulations and revisions thereto, as may be necessary, to the Board of County Commissioners; to develop, propose and recommend land use and environmental regulations and revisions thereto to the Board of County Commissioners; to conduct such review of land use requests and subdivision proposals as may be required by the land use and subdivision regulations duly adopted; to consult and cooperate with the planning commissions of incorporated municipalities within the County and to perform such joint planning functions as may be prescribed by directive of the Board of County Commissioners or by Intergovernmental Agreement.
Number of Members: (Five Plus three alternates)
Meeting Time: 2nd & 4th  Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Length of Term: Three years
Enabling Resolution: 1997-39

Regional Housing Alliance

Purpose: To effect the planning, financing, acquisition, construction, reconstruction or repair, maintenance, management and operation of housing projects or programs in La Plata County, including the incorporated jurisdictions, to provide: (a) dwelling accommodations at rental prices or purchase prices within the means of families of low or moderate income; (b) affordable housing projects or programs for employees of employers located within the jurisdiction of the Alliance; and (c) mixed income or mixed use properties that facilitate either of the purposes set forth in sections (a) or (b).
Number of Members: Nine- Three appointed by La Plata County
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Two years
Enabling Resolution: Intergovernmental Agreement

San Juan Basin Board of Health

Purpose: To oversee and advise the Board of County Commissioners on financial and operational matters pertaining to the San Juan Basin Health Department.
Number of Members: Seven (Four from La Plata County and three from Archuleta County)
Meeting Time: 4th Thursday of each month
Length of Term: Five years
Enabling Resolution: 11/30/53

Southwest (Region 9) Workforce Board

Purpose: This board shall have the duties specified by Executive Order D000897 and shall act in an advisory capacity to the governing bodies of the five counties served by the Southwest (Region 9) Workforce Board and prepare a Regional Workforce Plan (as described in Executive Order D000897) and submit such plan to the governing bodies of the counties of La Plata, Dolores, Montezuma, Archuleta and San Juan, Colorado for consideration and approval.
Number of Members: No specified number. Members shall be representatives of the public and private sector appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of the governing bodies of the counties of La Plata, Dolores, Montezuma, Archuleta and San Juan Counties. At least 50% of the membership shall be representatives of the private sector. There should be at least one representative from organized labor and one representative from a community-based organization. Representation of these two entities shall constitute not less than 15% of the board membership, and to the extent practicable, it shall be evenly divided.
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Two years
Enabling Resolution: 1999-8

Southwestern Basin Roundtable

Purpose: To facilitate continued discussion within and between the 9 established basins on water management issues created by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, and to encourage locally driven collaborative solutions to water supply challenges.
Number of Members: One member appointed by the governing body of each county or city and county within the borders of the Roundtable; one municipal member for each county located in whole or part within the basin Roundtable; one member appointed from each water conservancy and water conservation district within the borders of the Roundtable; one member each appointed by the Southern Ute and Ute Southern Ute Tribes; one member appointed by mutual agreement of the chairperson of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee; ten at-large members appointed by the Roundtable Members representing environmental, agricultural, recreation, local domestic providers, and industrical interests and five who own adjudicated water rights; three non-voting members who represent entities outside the basin that own water rights within the basin; and a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board who resides within the borders of the basin Roundtable who shall act as the Board's liaison to the basin Roundtable and to the Interbasin Compact Committee.
Meeting Time: Quarterly, alternating between Durango and Cortez
Length of Term: Five years
Enabling Resolution: The Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act

Southwestern Water Conservation District

Purpose: The District was created by the State of Colorado for the conservation and development of the water resources of the San Juan and the Dolores Rivers and their tributaries. One representative from each of the following counties serves on the board, selected by the Board of County Commissioners of that county: Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, San Juan & San Miguel.
Number of Members: Nine (One from each county)
Meeting Time: As needed
Length of Term: Three years

Formed in 1941

Undesirable Plant and Rodent Advisory Commission

 Purpose: To advise the Board of County Commissioners on undesirable plant and rodent control programs in La Plata County. A majority of members shall be landowners of over 40 acres.
 Number of Members: Seven
 Meeting Time: As needed
 Length of Term: Three years

Water Advisory Commission

 Purpose:

To make recomendations to the BOCC concerning positions on water issues of importance to the County. These issues include analysis of local water resources, operating a County water dock, potential purchase of water from the Animas-La Plata Project, concerns with "prooof of water" for central water systems, and a possible County-wide water hydrological study.
 Number of Members: Seven (7) including the Division Engineer of Division 7 of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; one (1) representative of a "small" water system; one (1) representative of a "large" water system; one hydrologist, engineer or other knowledgeable water consultant; one (1) representative of the environmental and/or conservation community; and two (2) members of the community at large who have knowledge and experience in water issues and/or water rights.
 Meeting Time: As needed
 Lenth of Term: Eighteen (18) months, or until the BOCC determines that its purposes and objectives have been fulfilled or that it is no longer necessary.
 Enabling Resolutions: Resolution 2013-40
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