Recently the La Plata County Planning Commission voted unanimously to stop the process for adopting a Comprehensive Plan for La Plata county. This development has the potential to disrupt any effort to move La Plata county towards having a transportation system that includes the use of alternative methods of transportation, including bicycles. Future building, land use, and transportation regulations will now be developed without the consideration of a visionary statement reflecting the views of the citizens of the county, which includes the cities of Bayfield, Ignacio and Durango.
I’m not sure how this will effect future plans for bike-friendly road improvements other than to say it can’t be good. It seems that if we want to see a truly bicycle friendly Durango, Durango needs to be in a bicycle friendly county. Something to keep in mind the next time we vote for members of the Board of County Commissioners.