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Garfield County may decide on comp plan today

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

County officials may decide today whether the recently adopted comprehensive plan is too “mandatory” in nature, and whether it needs to be recast as a more “advisory” document.

In a memo to the Board of County Commissioners, planners Tamra Allen and Fred Jarman told the commissioners, “To be clear, neither the Plan, nor the Unified Land Use Resolution [the county’s land use code], currently requires the plan to be verbatim ‘mandatory.'”

The county’s website says the plan is “to provide a general statement of direction for land use planning.” The plan is meant to provide a basis for changes to the county’s land use codes and regulations, which are mandatory.



In addition, the memo continues, “The current language in both the plan and the land use resolution are consistent with how the county has operated over the last 41 years.”

The issue of the plan’s being mandatory versus advisory first arose publicly while newly elected Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky was running for office last fall.



Jankovsky, who is general manager of the Sunlight Mountain Resort ski area, complained about the comprehensive plan in an interview with the Post Independent.

He recalled that while seeking approval for a large base-area development at Sunlight, he had to submit to a pre-application process during which the Sunlight development proposal was reviewed to see if it meshed with the comprehensive plan.

That, he said, makes it a mandatory document, which he feels should be changed as part of the county’s effort to become friendlier to business interests.

“I feel that should be an advisory document,” Jankovsky said in an interview in October.

Jankovsky could not be reached for comment for this story.

The discussion on the comprehensive plan is scheduled to take place in the afternoon session of the commissioners meeting, which begins at 1 p.m., at the commissioners meeting room in the county administration building, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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