Planning board agrees on key wildfire mitigation standards

By Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

The Ouray County Planning Commission tackled the difficult issue of wildfire mitigation regulations for additions and remodels and came to some agreements at an April 6 work session to continue their efforts to produce recommendations for updates of Section 16 of the Land Use Code.
The commission agreed to recommend that any new building addition would have to comply with the standards they have set for new construction. They also agreed that any addition or remodel that requires a permit would trigger an inspection paid for by the homeowner, but any interior remodel would be of no concern.
Members were in agreement to ask the Board of County Commissioners to add a permit requirement for new roofs, but not for new siding, as roofs are the most important element to make a home more fire-resistant, and there were concerns of over-burdening staff.

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