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.