Land-use code review continuing on schedule |

Land-use code review continuing on schedule

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A special land-use code advisory committee appointed by Garfield County commissioners earlier this year is on track to finish its review and offer some recommendations by this summer.

“We should have no troubles meeting the time line,” committee spokesman Mark Nieslanik of Carbondale said in brief report to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

The committee is working on a parallel path with the Garfield County Planning Commission to review and recommend further revisions aimed at streamlining the land-use review process.

The 12-person advisory committee, made up of citizens, landowners and development interests, has been meeting twice a month to work through the code.

It meets again tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Garfield County Administration Building on Eighth Street in Glenwood Springs. Meetings are open to the public, and comments are welcome.

Commissioners appointed the committee in February to make recommendations regarding the county’s land-use codes. The work is in follow-up to recommendations made by a special working group and consultants last year.

The new committee is charged with looking at the bigger picture, as the county commissioners continue their effort to make the land-use application and review process more business friendly.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the commissioners:

• OK’d a $1,000 funding request from the Rifle Middle School Destination Imagination team, which has qualified for the “Globals” competition in Knoxville, Tenn., in June. The team has been able to raise part of the $8,500 it needs to make the trip, student members of the team reported to the commissioners in making their request.

• Agreed to a request by Garfield County Fair Board members to reinstate funding for cooling fans to be used in the livestock holding area at the county fairgrounds during the county fair in August. The expense was initially removed from this year’s budget. Fair organizers said it’s a safety issue for the animals to have the fans.

• Directed county staff to work with the Rifle 4-H group to allow the air rifle and pistol shooting group to continue using the indoor arena at the fairgrounds for practice. The group was initially told it could not use the indoor facility for safety reasons after new windows were installed and other renovations were made.

• Agreed to sign a letter of support for a federal mineral leasing funds grant request by the town of New Castle for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements at the Interstate 70 interchange and County Road 335 intersection. The town intends to fund 30 percent of the estimate $390,000 project, according to New Castle Trustee Greg Russi.

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