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    In order to safeguard life, health, and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of engineering and land surveying in Colorado is subject to State regulation. It is unlawful for any individual to practice professional engineering or land surveying in Colorado, unless such individual has been duly licensed. The practice of professional engineering and land surveying is deemed an individual privilege and granted by the State of Colorado through education, testing and experience.

    Mesa County employs Professional Engineers and Surveyors in the  Engineering and Surveying Division so as to provide proficient and qualified project evaluations and consultations. As Professional Engineers and Surveyors, we hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and to this we strive to ensure that private developments meet the required statutes, laws and standards.

    As Professionals, we apply our education, training, experience, and the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, methods of measurement, engineering sciences and the law in the determination and preservation of land boundaries and in the development and functioning of engineering works.

    We provide construction document review, execute and extinguish agreements and project management. Our reviews, management, and consultation uphold the code of ethics to which we are bound and are issued only in an objective and truthful manner.

    A key goal is to support the professional engineer and surveyor in achieving competence and prestige in the discipline of their profession and to assist the community in the development of these projects.

    We are “Open for Business” and welcome walk-ins.

  •  Is a Drainage Report Required

    Yes, most projects require that a drainage report be completed by a Professional Engineer.  These reports should be completed per the provisions and standards as set forth in the Mesa County / City of Grand Junction Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM)

    Although we do not dictate the length or depth to which the Professional Engineer should undertake in the investigation and calculations, we do require that the Drainage Report Checklist (Table 302), Drainage Plan Checklist (Table 303) and certification as shown in section 303.1 are completed and included in a report.  

    It should be noted that if the Professional Engineer of Record believes that any information on the checklist is not required an indication of “n/a” on the item is acceptable.  It is helpful to us as we review these reports that an entry of “n/a” contains a brief explanation. 


     What is a DIA?

    DIA is an acronym for Development Improvements Agreement.  The DIA is an agreement between the project developer/subdivider and Mesa County.  This agreement guarantees the project public improvements as determined through the planning process will be completed.  Colorado State Statues require that a guarantee shall be in place prior to recording the plat.  The following is an excerpt from the 2010 Colorado Revised Statutes.  The complete 2010 Colorado Revised Statues may be accessed by this hyperlink: http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/colorado_revised_statutes.htm

    30-28-137. Guarantee of public improvements.

    (1) No final plat shall be recorded until the subdivider has submitted and the board of county commissioners has approved one or a combination of the following:  

    (a) A subdivision improvements agreement agreeing to construct any required public improvements shown in the final plat documents, together with collateral which is sufficient, in the judgment of said board, to make reasonable provision for the completion of said improvements in accordance with design and time specifications; or   

    (b) Other agreements or contracts setting forth the plan, method, and parties responsible for the construction of any required public improvements shown in the final plat documents which, in the judgment of said board, will make reasonable provision for completion of said improvements in accordance with design and time specifications. 

    (2) As improvements are completed, the subdivider may apply to the board of county commissioners for a release of part or all of the collateral deposited with said board. Upon inspection and approval, the board shall release said collateral. If the board determines that any of such improvements are not constructed in substantial compliance with specifications, it shall furnish the subdivider a list of specific deficiencies and shall be entitled to withhold collateral sufficient to ensure such substantial compliance. If the board of county commissioners determines that the subdivider will not construct any or all of the improvements in accordance with all of the specifications, the board of county commissioners may withdraw and employ from the deposit of collateral such funds as may be necessary to construct the improvement in accordance with the specifications.    

    (3) The board of county commissioners or any purchaser of any lot, lots, tract, or tracts of land subject to a plat restriction which is the security portion of a subdivision improvements agreement shall have the authority to bring an action in any district court to compel the enforcement of any subdivision improvements agreement on the sale, conveyance, or transfer of any such lot, lots, tract, or tracts of land or of any other provision of this part 1. Such authority shall include the right to compel rescission of any sale, conveyance, or transfer of title of any lot, lots, tract, or tracts of land contrary to the provisions of any such restriction set forth on the plat or in any separate recorded instrument, but any such action shall be commenced prior to the issuance of a building permit by any county where so required or otherwise prior to commencement of construction on any such lot, lots, tract, or tracts of land. 

    (4) In addition to any other remedy set forth in this part 1, the board of county commissioners, or any purchaser of any lot, lots, tract, or tracts of land in a recorded plat, shall have the authority to bring an action for injunctive relief to enforce any plat restriction, plat note, plat map, or provision of a subdivision improvements agreement and for damages arising out of failure to adhere to any such plat restriction, plat note, plat map, or provision of a subdivision improvements agreement. Nothing in this part 1 shall require the board of county commissioners to bring any action referred to in this subsection (4). 

    Source: L. 72: p. 506, § 8. C.R.S. 1963: § 106-2-38. L. 75: (3) added, p. 988, § 3, effective July 14. L. 92: (4) added, p. 967, § 10, effective June 1. 

    ANNOTATION

    Law reviews. For article, "1974 Land Use Legislation in Colorado", see 51 Den. L.J. 467 (1974). 

    Standing to assert a claim against a board of county commissioners. Under subsection (4), a purchaser of a lot has standing to assert a claim against a board for the alleged breach of a subdivision improvements agreement. Langlois v. Bd. of County Comm'rs, 78 P.3d 1154 (Colo. App. 2003). 

    Applied in Colo. Nat'l Bank v. Bd. of County Comm'rs, 634 P.2d 32 (Colo. 1981).


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    Dana Brosig 970-255-5035


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