by Beecher Threatt
After a tense, acrimonious public hearing on Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit for operation of a home business cabinet shop in the Valley Zone. Chad and Ashley Baillie will now apply for a building permit to construct a shop on their residential property on U.S. Highway 550, just south of County Road 23.
Commissioners made clear the SUP is for use of the property only, not for the building. Home businesses (as opposed to home occupations, a different category) are not a use by right in the Valley Zone. According to land use department staff, the use meets all requirements of the land use code, and staff and the Ouray Area Joint Planning Board recommended approval of the SUP, with conditions. The planning board consists of the five Ouray County Planning Commission members and three City of Ouray appointees.