Commissioners decisions downgrade building standards |

Commissioners decisions downgrade building standards

Here in Garfield County, the pendulum has swung as far to the right as it can. Not only in the decisions our commissioners make but also in the rules by which the game is played.Soon, our Commissioners, John, Mike, and Tom, will decide on a new code that significantly changes how, where, and what you can build. Allow me to summarize; it’s a lot easier, especially without the Comprehensive Plan.

Unquestionably, the Community Development team, our legal department, and all the volunteers contributed to accomplishing the goal of increasing efficiency. The new code is far more concise and a very user-friendly document, a great job.

However, the goal of “reducing barriers” seriously downgrades building and development standards. These changes reduce dozens of reviews and create looser rules for everything from small subdivisions to signs. They alter approvals, land use, roads, and pipelines. The changes significantly reduce the cost to the applicant by eliminating studies and reports, and so much more.

The question remains, can we afford to build our way to prosperity at the cost of the beauty that surrounds us?

If you would like to know more, the commissioners will hear a staff presentation on May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. You can also Google Garfield County, scroll down to Land Use Code revisions, go to “more information” and then to “staff report and summary”.

Just thought you should know.

Michael Sullivan

Spring Valley

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