Durango puts new land code on hold

City decides to allow more time for public review

City officials wanted to adopt a new land-use development code before as many as three new councilors are sworn into office in April.

Now, officials have decided not to rush approval of a 500-page document that has not yet been completely posted online at www.durangocodeupdate.com.

Public hearings that had been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed until midsummer to give the public adequate time for review and feedback.

“We want to be transparent,” Councilor Sweetie Marbury said.

Mayor Doug Lyon said he agreed with City Manager Ron LeBlanc that it was more important to take the time to get the new code right rather than to rush to meet an arbitrary deadline.

Lyon said he got to comment on “96 percent” of the new code. Most of the contentious issues, such as accessory dwellings, have been worked out.

LeBlanc said the code is still likely to be adopted, especially if incumbent Christina Rinderle, a supporter of accessory dwellings (which are permitted under the new code), is re-elected.

Six candidates are vying to fill three seats of the five-member board in a mail-in election April 2. In addition to Rinderle, they are architect Dean Brookie, former La Plata Electric Association controller Keith Brant, former Durango School District 9-R board member Floyd Patterson, Ska Brewing Co. server and artist Kristen Smith and technology writer Jordan Golson.