The land use code revision project is continuing as an internally led effort that draws on staff resources, reviews of land use codes from similar counties in Colorado, existing work products, and public input to craft a code that works for La Plata County.
Planning staff and the Board of County Commissioners values public input, and has crafted a process that will seek public input to help inform the Board of County Commissioners as they give staff direction on how to address specific policy issues in the land use code.  

The Board of County Commissioners is currently discussing amendments to the land use code governing water regulations. The Planning Department and the County Attorney’s Office is presenting proposed amendments to § 82-186 of the Land Use Code as the culmination of a multi-year effort to adequately address our community’s needs for adequate and safe drinking water and the county’s legal obligation to ensure the same.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a work session from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 to discuss the draft as it will be the Board’s first opportunity to see how the work performed through this multi-year effort is translated to articulated standards and provide input on the form and content of the standards.

After receiving this input, the amendments will be advanced to the Planning Commission for consideration and adoption, and then to the Board of County Commissioners for final adoption. Below are background materials including a memo describing the proposed amendments and their origin, a comparison chart of existing provisions and key changes, the Board of County Commissioners' water policy priorities, and policy bulletins from the Water Advisory Commission which provided guidance to the BOCC on water policy.

Background materials:
Water regulation amendments memo
Water regulation amendments comparison chart
Board of County Commissioner water priorities

Water Advisory Commission bulletins:
1. Local water resources
2. La Plata County regulations
3. Hydrological study

Please provide any comments or questions about the proposed water regulation amendments in the form below. Contact Megan Graham at (970)382-6265 with any questions.

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* 2. Please share any comments you have regarding proposed changes to La Plata County's water regulations.

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* 3. Please share any questions you have regarding proposed changes to La Plata County's water regulations.