Buckley Park has historically been an important greenspace in downtown Durango. The city currently has the park under lease from Durango School District 9R through April 2023. In recognition of 9R's pending sale of the administration building adjacent to Buckley, the city is in negotiations with 9R to purchase the park in order to permanently preserve it. This will eliminate any potential loss of the park to private development.
Separately, the Durango Fire Protection District has offered to buy a 3.298-acre piece of property, outlined above in solid yellow, from the school district. This property contains the 9R administration building and the Durango Big Picture High School.
The fire district's offer to buy the 9-R administration building is a transaction between the school district and the fire district. The city is not a buyer or seller of the 9-R administration building. Any proposed use of the 9R property for a relocated downtown fire station will require a full review by the city including public input. No application has been submitted yet.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021: the City Council continued a public hearing and approved the amended subdivision plan for Buckley Park, which included the following modified boundaries:
On Oct. 27, 2021: Durango Fire Protection District representatives me with city staff for an initial discussion on the district's conceptual plan for the Durango School District 9R building. No decision were made. Fire Chief Hal Doughty presented an overview of the draft project to staff but said the project is not ready to be formally submitted to the city yet.
The fire district was informed of the city’s land-use process and three paths were available to the district:
- Staff review of a site plan
- If the project adds more than 10,000 square feet of new building area, the district would need a Major Site Plan Review Process with a Planning Commission review; or
- If the district is adding a unique use that is not allowed by right within the Central Business district zone, they may need to go through the Planned Development process with planning commission and City Council reviews and approvals.
The district was informed that the city’s Land Use and Development Code requires the following plans and studies for the project submittal :
- Site Specific Development Plan (Major if more than 10,000 sf of new building area is added)
- Stormwater Plan
- Traffic Study with Truck Routing Plan
- Grading and Drainage Plan
- Utility Plans
- Landscape Plan
- Lighting Plan
On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the City Council held a public hearing on the proposed Buckley Park Minor Subdivision submitted by Durango School District 9R. After taking public testimony and discussing the project, the Council directed City staff to work with the School District to revise the proposed subdivision so park property boundaries are expanded. The goal is to ensure the preservation of existing trees and to preserve the sledding areas during winter. The next review of the subdivision is scheduled to take place at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 2.
The Durango Fire Protection District Board members asked the City of Durango make their phone numbers available to the public:
- Jerry Martinez – 970-759-0148
- John Dezendorf – 970-799-3275
- Matt Leeder – 970-799-0948
- Lyle McKnight – 970-759-1021
- Wayne Barger – 970-749-3413
- Patti Zink – 970-759-5585
- Kathleen Morris – 970-759-0681
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