Months after they were approved by the Archuleta County Planning Commission, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners endorsed updates to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and associated language dealing with the area immediately surrounding Pagosa Springs.
The planning commission approved the updated FLUM for the area of influence surrounding Pagosa Springs on May 18, 2011, by a vote of 6-0.
According to Colorado law, however, the commissioners are not required to approve the FLUM — it is one area of law where the planning commission is given more power than the BoCC.
The FLUM is a map designed to help guide development throughout Archuleta County, while the area of influence is a three-mile radius around the Town of Pagosa Springs in which development and/or annexation is more likely.
By statute, the town has a right to influence land use policies within that area.
The update to the FLUM approved on May 18 deals directly with the area of influence and stemmed from months of discussion by a joint town and county planning commission — a process in which a proposed map for the zone of influence was created.
The joint discussion map details recommended uses (industry, light industry, commercial, mixed use, etc.) for areas within the area of influence.
In presenting the FLUM update for endorsement, County Planner Cindy Schultz said the map would provide flexibility and reliability, and would be considered when dealing with rezoning requests in the area of influence, but does not, in itself, rezone any property.
“This is in no way, shape or form a rezoning of any property,” Schultz said.
“I think endorsing it adds weight to it,” Commissioner Michael Whiting said.
“This will provide predictability in the influence area,” Commissioner Clifford Lucero added, agreeing that an endorsement helps the map carry weight.
The commissioners also thanked the county and town planning commissioners for their volunteer work on the project.