Our group was inspired by the proposed La Plata County Land Use Code meeting at the Oxford Grange, January 9, 2018, and we first met on January 16, 2018 to form an interim structure to help protect liberties the LUC threatened. In one month’s time our group has achieved the following:
- Pushed to extend the County’s deadline for written comments on the proposed Land Use Code.
- Significantly increased attendance at the County’s January 26, 2018 hearing at the Fairgrounds to well over 1,000 people.
- Established a Friends and Neighbors space on Facebook’s social platform to share information, promote civic engagement, and discuss concerns related to La Plata County property rights—a social group which has increased to over 3,600 members mostly from La Plata County.
- Actively encouraged written comments to the proposed Land Use Code helping achieve record-setting engagement with over 1,000 written comments being submitted to the County.
- Organized and executed a community meeting to “Help Fix the La Plata Land Use Code” which took place on February 1, 2018 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Event Center with over 500 in attendance—just two weeks after our first interim meeting.
- Renewed interest and participation in the land use planning process across the County, and with necessary focus on the District Land Use Plans which are intended to be the policy basis for La Plata County’s Land Use Code.
- Our first official press release was issued February 13, 2018 which is the same date the County’s LUC consultant, Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) had predicted for the adoption of LUC Module 1.
- Developed a website for the purpose of civic engagement and education.
Revitalize the citizen-led effort of Planning the Land Use Code
Educate and engage the public on the issue of Voting for Commissioners by District
Increase citizen awareness surrounding Involvement in Essential Public Servies (LPEA)
Lead a county-wide boost in Public Involvement and Attendance on Boards and Committees