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History of Visual Impact, Part III: 2000-2013

by Beecher Threatt

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This is the third part in a three-part series examining the history of visual impact. This part summarizes 2000-2013.
As the county gears up for another in its infinite list of hearings on visual impact regulations, the Plaindealer looks back at the history of visual impact in Ouray County. We have studied Plaindealer electronic and hard copy story files, minutes of past Board of County Commissioners and Ouray County Planning Commission meetings, BOCC resolutions and Land Use Department files. The BOCC has land use jurisdiction in the entire county, outside the municipal boundaries of Ouray and Ridgway. Two weeks ago we summarized 1971-86. Last week we looked at the years 1993-99. This week we conclude with 2000-2013.

 

Wed
06
Feb
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Threatt: Obligations of BOCC to Section 9

At the Jan. 17 county planning commission meeting, Commissioner Randy Parker was saying a 2010 Board of County Commissioners resolution gave the OCPC 12 specific areas to address in revising visual impact regulations, and he felt the OCPC should explain to the BOCC how each one was completed.
"But this is a different BOCC," Commissioner Tim Currin said.
"Yes, but they didn't change the resolution," Chair Ken Lipton countered.
So there you have it. It's out in the open, stated in a public meeting—it's a different BOCC. The sentiment first appeared in a letter Currin wrote to the BOCC in October, along with alternate planning commissioner John Baskfield. The letter stated their opinion that neither the current BOCC nor the succeeding one would support the draft Section 9 advocated by the majority of the OCPC.

Sat
02
Feb
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Versatile banjoist to play Wright

Special to the Plaindealer

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Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and Canadian Folk Music’s Artist of 2012 Jayme Stone performs his "Room of Wonders" concert at the Wright Opera House in Ouray at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Stone's music is inspired by folk traditions from around the world. "Room of Wonders," his latest album,  explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America.

The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals. The concert is presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild with funding from the Telluride Foundation.

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02
Feb
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Sonoran Institute meeing

By Mary Pat Haddock

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Housing consumers want more choices and convenient access to amenities, according to several studies cited by a speaker in Ridgway on Jan. 23 and 24. Clark Anderson, director of the Western Colorado Legacy Program of the Sonoran Institute, gave a fascinating presentation on housing trends nationwide and in the southwest.
Ridgway Town Manager Jen Coates invited Anderson to the county after hearing him speak last year. At a dinner Wednesday night with elected and appointed officials and department heads from the county's three governmental entities, and also at a meeting for community members on Thursday, Anderson presented a comprehensive summary of housing trends. Speaking about the dinner, he said, "I got to see local governments coming together. Not many areas of the state do that. You are fortunate to have some forward thinking leaders."

Sat
02
Feb
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History of Visual Impact Part II: 1993-1999

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
This is the second in a three-part series examining the history of visual impact. This part summarizes 1993-99.
As the county gears up for another in its infinite list of hearings on visual impact regulations, the Plaindealer looks back at the history of visual impact in Ouray County. We have studied Plaindealer electronic and hard copy story files, minutes of past Board of County Commissioners and Ouray County Planning Commission meetings, BOCC resolutions and Land Use Department files. The BOCC has land use jurisdiction in the entire county, outside the municipal boundaries of Ouray and Ridgway.

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02
Feb
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Visual impact hearing rules set

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

Ouray County Planning Commission set Tuesday, Feb. 26 as the first date for its public hearing on revisions to Section 9, Visual Impact Regulations, of the county land use code. The hearing will take place at the 4-H Center, from 7 to 10 p.m. Commissioners anticipate the hearing will have to be continued to give all who want to speak an opportunity, and if so that date will be Mar. 21, at 6 p.m.
Commissioners met Thursday, Jan. 17 to decide on procedures for the hearing, as well as what documents will be included in a public packet to be available that night and on the county website. They will meet again on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Land Use Building to make final plans and adopt the final draft of revisions.

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02
Feb
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History of Visual Impact Part I: 1971-1986

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
This is the first in a three-part series examining the history of visual impact. This part summarizes 1971-1986.
As the county gears up for another in its infinite list of hearings on visual impact regulations, the Plaindealer looks back at the history of visual impact in Ouray County. We have studied Plaindealer electronic and hard copy story files, minutes of past Board of County Commissioners and Ouray County Planning Commission meetings, BOCC resolutions and Land Use Department files. The BOCC has land use jurisdiction in the entire county, outside the municipal boundaries of Ouray and Ridgway.

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17
Jan
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Western Slope Food and Farm Forum focuses on adapting to climate change and working together

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Last week’s Western Slope Food and Farm Forum, held in Montrose, opened with Jerri Omernik, of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, 4H Club and Edward Jones, describing the Continental Divide as being “a barrier in being able to participate in educational opportunities.” She explained the forum was intended to remove that barrier for Western Slope farmers and ranchers. She went on to say, “what fits guys on the Front Range and Eastern Plains doesn’t fit on our side of the hill” and promised the forum would focus on locally relevant information.

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17
Jan
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Ouray: Freezing fest concludes with warm gesture

By Caleb Stento
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How appropriate that a festival that comes together each year supported by the volunteer spirit of giving was capped off in that same spirit. Ines Papert, who won first place in the mixed climbing and speed climbing female divisions, turned around and gave her winnings from the speed competition back to Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI).

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