Letters

Sun
07
Dec
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Preserving vistas

Dear Editor,
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.

Sun
07
Dec
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Let's not waste our time

Sun
07
Dec
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Expected much more

Sat
06
Dec
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I was sure all was lost

Dear Editor,
Recently, I received some very important papers in a FedEx envelope. After checking the papers I put the papers back into the envelope and left the envelope on the kitchen counter. The next morning, Tuesday, the envelope was thrown into the recyclable container which was picked up later that day. The following day, I went looking for my envelope and realized what had happened. I quickly called the waste company who referred me to Wanda at the Town Hall. I left her a message as to what had happened. I then drove over to the Town Hall and found Wanda already on the phone with Jonathan at the recyclable plant. Jonathan then took down all my information and a description of the envelope and called his crew to stop dumping and start looking for my envelope. By this time, I was sure that my papers were lost for good.
Twenty minutes later, Jonathan called and they had already found my envelope!

Sat
06
Dec
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Just fix it

Dear Editor,
Just fix it!
Rocks to the windshield. Flat tires. Lost hub caps. Mag chloride stuck in my wheels. Suspension shot. Wheels out of alignment. Clamps missing from the exhaust system. Can’t even carry on a conversation driving down County Road 1 to Colona. The washboard is too noisy.
The cost to pave County Road 1 will be super cheap compared to the lawsuit arising from the first fatality. Where will you get the money then?  
Just fix it. Don’t tell us again, “We have no money.” Just fix it.

Sue Nally
Ridgway

Sat
06
Dec
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Abbreviated process

Dear Editor,
The Ouary Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Center to consider adopting a revised version of Section 9 - Visual Impact Regulation of the County Land Use Code.
After three or four work sessions with the BOCC, the Planning Staff rewrote Section 9 and presented it to the Ouray Planning Commission in October 2014. The Planning Commission had only one month to study and comment on the proposed revisions. Their deliberations were constrained by the BOCC's instructions that the Planning Commission could only make minor wording corrections and recommend sections of the regulations that the BOCC should review.

Sat
06
Dec
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To preserve beauty

Sat
06
Dec
atodd's picture

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.

Wed
05
Nov
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Posting prompt reporting

Dear Editor,

Thank you for posting the results of the VIR hearing of last Thursday evening on your website on Saturday; though I'm not sure but it may have been posted on Friday.
This was a meeting I was unable to attend and I am grateful to have been able to
read good coverage just two evenings after the event.
So often the papers wait a little longer for posting on the website but because this was an important meeting, you provided a report that the public could read at the earliest opportunity.

Kind regards,

Christopher Pike
Ridgway

Wed
05
Nov
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Taking exception to characterization

Dear Editor,
Last week, county residents debated extending visual impact regulations to additional roads. The Ouray Trail Group (OTG) participated — in spite of our representative being harassed by others in attendance — but came away disappointed when one county planning commission member described our group as “small and unrepresentative.” Our 100-plus members take vigorous exception to that put-down, confident that our 28-year history of preserving trails, historic structures and irreplaceable lands in the alpine endear us to the great majority of residents and visitors who travel into our mountains.

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