OURAY COUNTY Blending points in section 9

By Bill Tiedje

During a work session regarding Section 9 (Visual Impact) of the county land use code, the Board of Ouray County Commissioners agreed to direct staff to include blending as a heavily weighted portion of the visual impact mitigation points system.

The draft changes made by the BOCC will be reviewed by the Ouray County Planning Commission, subjected to public hearing and would return to the BOCC as a resolution before taking effect.
The BOCC also agreed to apply skyline breakage requirements solely to structures on ridgelines or escarpments.
In the current draft, the visual impact corridor would apply to structures within 1.5 miles of County Roads 5, 7, 8, 10, 24 and 24a, as well as Highways 550 and 62.
While there seemed to be some consensus on those roads, BOCC Chair Lynn Padgett suggested additional roads recommended by the Ouray Trail Group, contributing less than 10 percent of total acreage of the VI corridor, should also be considered.
"I will not agree to any expansion of these roads," countered Commissioner Mike Fedel.

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