City Approves Largest New Urbanist Development

Top national planner says Durango's "epic plan" would be a smart-growth "benchmark."

"The plans, if realized, would be the leading exemplar of new urbanism in the country," said project designer Jeff Speck, of Duany Plater-Zyberk, also design director for the National Endowment for the Arts.Durango, the Southern Ute Tribe and Catholic Health Initiatives jointly plan to transform a 6-square- mile settlement into a New Urbanist development, absorbing most of the city's future growth.The tribe's proposed centerpiece development, 682-acre Three Springs, would create a $76 million regional hospital on a 60-acre campus, shops, offices, a school or two, acres of parks and ballfields, civic centers, a few thousand homes and even a few gas wells.'

Thanks to Ken Hughes, AICP

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