Dear neighbors: Help - it is time for us to speak up in support of the magnificent beauty of our county and alpine areas. Our Visual Impact Regulations, in place and working well (since 19??), preserving the unique and awesome vistas we all enjoy, are in serious danger of being gutted. Once gone, pristine cannot ever be recovered.
What has happened? Well, the VIRs, especially Section 9, the heart of these protections, have been rewritten in a well intentioned but ultimately misguided attempt to “simplify” them, leaving a Section 9 that is much more subjective, greatly weakened and, if applied to existing corridors, removes the current protections enjoyed by residents in these corridors, potentially lowering their property values as well as putting our unique vistas at risk.