Town, county take first steps towards building and planning merger

After expressing some reservations about charging ahead with a full merger of county and town building and planning departments, along with the proposed unification of the respective commissions, the Pagosa Springs Town Council decided to look into drafting an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Archuleta County for a partial merger.

Meeting Thursday morning in the county commissioner’s board room, council and the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) discussed their respective visions for what a merger would achieve along with obstacles for attaining those goals. However, by the end of the joint work session, the BoCC directed Archuleta County Administrator Greg Schulte to begin work on an IGA, while council directed Town Manager David Mitchem to assist Schulte in that endeavor.

Later Thursday, council formally approved a resolution to pursue the IGA with Archuleta County for merging both entity’s planning and building departments. The authority of the joint department would only extend as far as the three-mile boundary of the designated urban services area.

See the full story in Thursday’s SUN.