Garfield County Commissioners appoint members, alternates to Planning Commission |

Garfield County Commissioners appoint members, alternates to Planning Commission

Phillip Yates
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County commissioners appointed one new member and two new alternates to the county’s Planning Commission on Monday. The commissioners also re-appointed two current members for another term on the commission.

Commissioners re-appointed Philip Vaughan for another term on the Planning Commission. He has served on the commission for almost 17 years and is the commission’s current chairman.

County commissioners also re-appointed Cheryl Chandler to the commission. They also voted to make Terry Ostrom ” a former alternate on the commission ” a regular member. The commissioners selected Adolfo Gorra and Greg McKennis as planning commission alternates.

An alternate serves with all the full privileges on the Planning Commission and is able to discuss issues, review applications and attend public hearings but cannot vote on an application. However, if there are less than seven members at a meeting, an alternate can vote.

“They are going to be swamped,” Commissioner John Martin said of the new planning commission members. “They are going to have to read a whole bunch more than they thought of. We are in a huge growth spurt, and we have to make the right decisions. We are going to put them to work everyday.”

Although members of the Planning Commission make recommendations to county commissioners, they are also in charge of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, a planning document used to chart future land use development in the area.

Commissioners are not paid for their services and they often have to deal with the public over many contentious issues.

During a packed Planning Commission meeting on a possible rezoning of an 282-acre property between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale in December, members voted to allow the highest urban density allowed in the county for the piece of land after a long debate about its future. Commissioners, last month, decided on a lower-density zoning.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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