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Letter: BOCC wants to politicize land use code process

I was at the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners meeting on May 13 and I was stunned when I saw them redlining, the entire Land Use Code Article 7 on Standards.

This is contrary to every business process in which I have ever been involved. Most serious businesses build their products and services on industry and business standards. They achieve competitive advantage by maintaining a higher level of adherence to standards.

The elimination of county rules and standards along with cutting the linkage to the County Comprehensive Plan seems to be aimed at producing a land use policy that is based on the approval of the county commissioners. I can only think that the BOCC wants to politicize the entire land use code process. Politicization of land use could result in cronyism, and industry or political party favoritism.

Actually, if there were sufficient rules and standards in place, the county could use software and an Internet interface to approve a developer’s land use based on their input. They could use software such as FastTrackGovR permitting software. The county’s subject-matter experts within the planning department could customize the software to county, state and national standards. This would accelerate approval. Customers could use the software to test different development scenarios. The county could follow up the computerized approval during a due diligence period. The county should rethink this new “rules and standard free” land use code and become more focused on artificial intelligence software based on standards and rules.

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If the BOCC wants to make it easier for the citizen, they should move to an easy-to-use computer interface rather than abandoning county standards.

Tom Rutledge

Glenwood Springs


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