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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Twin Buttes Could Mean Open Space Dedications Up High
(2008-06-19)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango could gain considerable dedicated open space if the Twin Buttes annexation is approved, at no cost.
And a top Durango official says the nearly 600 home development stands a better than average change of being okayed.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Durango Planning and Development Director Greg Hoch spent about sixty minutes last night, telling about three dozen people the approval process Twin Buttes faces.
The Twin Buttes Eco Village, as it is being called, is proposed in the sensitive area just west of the city.
HOCH: ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THIS PROJECT STANDS A BETTER THAN AVERAGE CHANCE OF BEING APPROVED, I THINK IS THAT IT MEETS SO MANY OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLANS, GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES THAT ARE LAID OUT. IN OTHER WORDS, WE'RE GETTING OPEN SPACE DEDICATIONS WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM, WE'VE GOT WILDLIFE HABITAT CONSIDERATIONS BEING BUILT INTO THE PROJECT, AFFORDABLE HOUSE. THERE'S ALL SORTS OF THINGS LIKE THAT.
Hoch says the approval process will include a series of almost half a dozen public hearings and approvals, which could take til this time next year to finalize.
He refuted charges the Twin Buttes has been fast tracked for approval.
He says the city charter requires action on projects within 125 days of submittal, or by July 9th in the case of Twin Buttes.
The city plan commission holds a public hearing on those plans Monday, and could vote on recommending city council approval after a continuance of that hearing on July 7th.
The plans call for development on a lower 119 acres with 478 higher up acres left for open space.
Hoch revealed last night, that the owners of the adjoining highest properties at Twin Buttes, known as the Rasdahl property, but not part of the project, are cooperating with the Division Of Wildlife in seeking a state grant to purchase that land to designate as open space, leading to this question.
PUBLIC: WE WANT OPEN SPACE, WE WANT TO GET AS MUCH AS WE CAN. IS THAT GOING TO HELP OR NOT HELP IF THE CITY ANNEXES IT.
HOCH: I THINK IT'S POSITIVE FOR THE RASDAHL/DOW GRANT FOR THE PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED AND THE UPPER PARCELS TO BE DEDICATED AS OPEN SPACE.
Hoch says both those for and against Twin Buttes need to get involved in the public hearings to voice their concerns.
The projects director, Mike Olson said after the meeting their looking forward to detailing their plans at the city plan commission Monday.
OLSON: THE TEAM THAT HAS CREATED THE PROGRAM PROJECT, HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE CITY, AND THEY'VE BEEN LISTENING. IN MONDAY'S PRESENTATION WE'RE HOPING WE COME IN, PEOPLE SIT, THEY LISTEN, THEY TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE VISION, UNDERSTAND THE FOUNDATIONS OF HOW THE PROJECTS BEEN DESIGNED AND SEE IF THAT MEETS THEIR CRITERIA OF WHAT THEY'D LIKE TO SEE FOR DURANGO.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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