Threats to protections

Dear Editor,
For the past five years, there has been a major debate in our county about the visual impact regulations that are so appreciated for the beauty they have preserved.
It’s a long and complicated story but here’s the bottom line. The (Ouray County) Planning Commission traded a number of desirable protections along our major view corridors in an effort to increase the number of protected roads.
In the end, the compromises remained and no new roads were added, leaving the rest of the county unchanged but threatening the protections now in place. To put it gently, this is a compromise the Planning Commission never contemplated.
This is very bad. Now, everyone living in the protected areas (along highways 550 and 62, County Road 1 and other beautiful areas) will have the rug pulled out and face an uncertain future if the proposal before the County Commissioners passes.
We must prevent this from happening. In the past, efforts to deconstruct the land use code were stopped by citizens speaking up. That’s why Ouray County is still one of the most beautiful in the country.
Please attend the public hearing at the 4H Center on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. to voice your support for preserving our existing visual corridor protections. Say no to this proposal. Ask the commissioners to leave things as they are!
If you can’t attend, email the commissioners and tell them to just say no:  mailto:hhollenbeck@ouraycountyco.gov

Howard Greene
Ridgway