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Our Mission:

The Mission of the Planning Department is to provide land use, resource management, and leadership services to residents, landowners, and businesses so they can experience a prosperous, vibrant and beautiful community supported by a fair and equitable planning process.

What We Do:

The Planning Department provides information to the public and explains regulations regarding land use possibilities in the county. Staff processes land development requests per the County code.  Staff also advises decision-makers regarding land use, growth and development issues in our community. The Planning Department combines current planning and long-range planning to best serve the public interest while allowing growth to occur.


To expedite processing of your planning application request, please fill out the
Pre-Application Information Sheet
completely and send it to:
, or drop it by the Planning Office at
1060 E 2nd Ave, Durango   CO   81301

Upcoming Public Hearings

Agendas and information about upcoming public hearings of the: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Planning Commission (PC), Joint Planning Commission (JPC), Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC), and Board of Adjustment (BOA) can be found by following the link above.

Planning News:

  • The Planning Commission has begun an update to the 2001 Comprehensive Plan that will be technical in nature utilizing current data sources.  Completion of unfinished elements and updates to existing content will be achieved by using pertinent data, existing or modified content, existing or modified goals, and will be within the plans general framework.  A web page has been developed to provide members of the public a dedicates source of information about the update and can be found here.

 Recent Land Use Code Adoptions:




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