Site constraints convince visual impact committee to recommend County Road 1 structure

Tom McKenney (far left), Visual Impact Review Committee member, questioned granting a variance on a County Road 1 structure that will visually break the skyline upon construction. Despite McKenney's opposition, the variance was passed by his fellow committee members, including John Clark, Patsy Miller and Doug Macfarlane.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A limited building site convinced the Ouray County Visual Impact Review Committee a skyline break variance is necessary, in a public hearing the afternoon of April 30, but the committee added a condition for approval. The owner, Hartman Family Trust, requested the variance to construct a storage/residential structure on County Road 1.
The building, which will appear as a rustic barn-like structure at 13869 County Road 1, isn’t taller than the county’s maximum height requirement but does break the skyline.
The break isn’t in line with Section 9 of the county land use code, dealing with visual impact, but the applicant asserted the lack of building areas on the property forced construction to occur on the northeast section of the tract.
The structure, in addition to having a storage area below, will feature a residential unit above. The upper portion of the structure is considered by current county standards to be an accessory dwelling unit.
Presenting land use staff’s analysis of the application, Assistant Planning Director Bryan Sampson outlined all the obstacles facing the building’s construction, including...

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