P&Z presents new land use code
After interminable hours at long evening meetings, the Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission presented a draft of a new land use code to the county commissioners Monday. Three years in the making, the code updates zoning and subdivision regulations from 1978 and streamlines procedures.But the new code didn’t come together without some headaches.Despite numerous opportunities to participate in public meetings, “public involvement was minimal to nonexistent,” he said.Vaughn also assured the commissioners that the new code is not cast in stone. “It’s a living document. It’s not completely perfect,” he said, and can be amended when necessary. “You will find areas that do not work … and we will be happy to make those changes.”Commissioner John Martin applauded the new code. “It’s easy to understand, straightforward … and easy to use,” he said.Among the changes in the new regulations for subdivision projects are mandated preapplication meetings between county planners and the applicant. Those meetings will outline what information is expected in the application and what fees will be charged, Vaughn said.Some projects that required a special use permit with public hearings before the planning commission and the county commissioners are now subject to administrative review and approval by the planning director. Those include pipelines, temporary employee housing and home offices or businesses.Such reviews allow for public hearings but are not required.A matrix has also been developed for the code that lays out what uses in particular zones are considered a major development or limited development.In addition, some zones have been renamed, for example, agricultural/rural/ residential is now rural, and open space will be known as public lands.The planning commission will present the new land use code to the Carbondale Town Board 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Town Hall and to Rifle City Council 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at City Hall.The new code is also available on the county’s Web site: http://www.garfield-county.com.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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