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Silt trustees to consider boosting business with changes to regulations

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

SILT, Colorado – Town trustees are poised for at least two significant steps in their goals to support the town’s business community: enacting a new subdivision code and creating a new business-industrial zoning category.

At 7 p.m. tonight, the Silt trustees will consider ordinances to replace the entire town subdivision code, known as Title 16, with a new set of regulations.

After that, the trustees will turn to the creation of a business-industrial zone district.

“I think that is something that’s been long overdue,” said Mayor Dave Moore about the new subdivision regulations.

He said the town’s current subdivision codes were written up in 1997 and have not substantially changed since.

“I think the zoning changes are needed because of how the vision of Silt changes,” he said.

Town administrator Pamela Woods said the permitted uses in the new business zone district are lumber mill, mobile home sale yard, cold storage facility, blacksmith’s shop, cabinetmaker’s shop, golf course, car rental or welding firm.

Also permissible, with a special use permit, would be a grocery store, an alfalfa drying and feed mill, or a bed and breakfast, Woods said.

She said the zone district has not been assigned to specific areas within the town, although areas on either bank of the Colorado River that might be considered appropriate for such businesses.

Woods said the town’s subdivision code “was cumbersome in some areas” and town officials decided it needed to be streamlined and updated.

The new code, set for its third public hearing tonight, is “more user-friendly,” Woods said, which could make it easier for developers to get going on housing projects.

In addition to the two public hearings related to the land use codes, the trustees are expected to pass the proposed 2012 budget at tonight’s meeting.

Woods said the budget is based on revenues of $3.86 million, compared to expenditures of $3.88 million.

The gap of $220,000, Woods said, will be mostly covered by drawing on the town’s fund balance, money expected to be left over at the end of 2011.

The added spending will pay for a beautification project that is to include asphalt overlays of streets, construction of new sidewalks and the installation of new lighting on Main Street.

Woods said sales tax and property tax rates are to stay the same under the proposed budget.

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