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OURAY COUNTY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON CONTENT, EFFECT AND ENFORCEMENT OF PROPOSED SECTION 9

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer on Mar. 28, 2013

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON CONTENT, EFFECT AND ENFORCEMENT OF PROPOSED SECTION 9

Q: Are agricultural structures excluded from complying with visual impact regulations?
A: Yes. Agricultural fences are excluded also; nothing is changed from the current section 9.

Q: Are utilities excluded?
A: If the question is referring to transformer boxes, the planning commission does not have jurisdiction over that.

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OURAY COUNTY: OTHER PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDMENTS TO PROPOSED SEC. 9

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer on Mar. 28, 2013

OTHER PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDMENTS TO PROPOSED SEC. 9

Adopted as result of questions from the public:

Q: Who decides what can be used as design elements for building mass? How are mitigation points assigned for apparent building mass?
A by Parker: Staff decides. If the BOCC adopts that provision, it should be explained in the companion guide to building. We addressed the vague and confusing language in the current section 9.
Amendment: To make it clear how points are assigned, add to box 4 under 9.3 C: "See C(2) for explanation. Also, in 9.3 C(2) add “individually or in combination” after "used." This shows it is not just a matter of counting the design elements, there must also be the 10 percent shading. And if a combination of elements is used, they can together provide the shading percentage.

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OURAY COUNTY: Public Comments by planning commissioners

First appeared in the Ouray County Plaindealer on Mar. 28, 2013

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENTS BY PLANNING COMMISSIONERS

Lipton:
"We have a master plan. It is a vision to balance economic growth with protecting unspoiled vistas. Visual impact regulations are vital for that goal...When parcels are purchased there are risks. What will be built nearby or next door? There is only one way to mitigate risks: building codes and zoning regulations. And they have to be balanced by property rights...No zoning has serious consequences. Does anyone want to invest in an area where there are no regulations or weak regulations?"
"I am an agricultural producer. I have the same problems and same structures as other ag producers...It is not in my interest to harm ag operations."
"All (PC) meetings were publicly noticed. I asked any public members in attendance for comment at every workshop, even though I was not required to do so."

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OURAY COUNTY Visual impact heads to BOCC

First printed in Ouray County Plaindealer on Mar. 28, 2013

By Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
On a four to one vote, the county planning commission sent the Board of County Commissioners a proposed revision to section 9 of the Land Use Code, Visual Impact Regulation. On Thursday, Mar. 21, the 4-H Center resembled families at a wedding, with supporters of the proposal on one side of the aisle and opponents on the other. Several amendments to the commission’s Jan. 15 proposed revision passed during deliberations.
After finishing the public comment portion, begun on Feb. 26, it was finally the planning commission’s turn to answer questions posed during two sessions of the public hearing. Only public speakers that signed up at the first session could address the commission on Thursday, and seven did so.

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BUG OURAY COUNTY Visual impact hearing to continue

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer Feb. 28, 2013

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

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OURAY COUNTY Disclosure duty and lending fallout hotly debated

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer on Aug. 22, 2013
by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

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OURAY COUNTY Hearing reveals rift in county

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer on Aug. 15, 2013
by Beecher Threatt and Bill Tiedje

After 12 hours over three nights of passionate speeches for and against the proposed visual impact amendments, the Board of County Commissioners closed the verbal public comment period Tuesday night. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., and the public hearing was continued to Sept. 24*, when commissioners will begin their deliberations.
The six week delay is to give the board clerk time to transcribe minutes of the marathon public comment sessions and to give commissioners time to absorb the voluminous record that includes the planning commission's report and materials from its work sessions, minutes of the planning commission public hearing, staff reports and public comment.

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OURAY COUNTY Visual Impact public comment continues

First appeared on www.ouraynews.com on Aug. 9
By Bill Tiedje
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Visual Impact Regulations hearings will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the 4-H building after another evening of spirited public comment on Aug. 8.
New perspectives on several subjects arose during the second night of VIR public meetings including testimony of past experiences with VIRs in Ouray County, VIR effects on property values, views on affordable and luxury housing as well as accounts from ranchers and a local trail group.

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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Ridgway Liquors may reopen in December

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Liquors may be reopening under new ownership as early as December of this year, pending approval of its liquor license by Town Council.
The new owner, Kim Chamberlain of Placerville, is leasing the building from its original owner and plans to remodel the interior while leaving the historic exterior much the same.
Approval of another liquor license by town council on Jan. 11, 2012 came amid controversy, heated debate and circulations of petitions for and against the new store, San Juan Wine and Spirits, that eventually became Ridgway's third liquor establishment.

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