With a record of 17 wins and six losses, the Ridgway Lady Demons girls basketball season ended in Durango on Saturday after a 47 to 42 loss against Paonia in the 2A Region 3 Championship match. Photo by Bill Tiedje Read more...
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|Wednesday, 30 October 2013 20:30|
Ouray County staff also further explained some areas of confusion during the first night of hearings including clarification regarding the status of legal, non-conforming structures, a legal term somewhat equivalent to "grandfathered in" structures.
Bill Lindler, a Ridgway resident, was first to speak during the second night of public comment and gave an account of his experience building a new house in Ouray County under VIRs.
"It was stressful," said Lindler, of the VIR process. Lindler also cited a six-month delay and thousands of dollars in added cost to the home's construction due to VIRs.
Longtime Ridgway resident, Josephine Lister, gave a similar account of building a new house subject to VIRs and reported a five month delay and thousands of dollars spent on attorney fees and the planting of new trees.
Barbara Seelye, who spoke at the hearing via a video presentation of Ouray County homeowners by Don Rogers, said "it was no problem" to build under the VIRs and found her homeowner association's had more restrictions.
Seelye, who supported the proposed VIR amendments, said her experiences as a part time resident in Arizona showed her the detriments of overdevelopment.
Michael Cassidy, a Ouray County resident, felt that doom and gloom economic predictions would not occur and thought the county could recover much of the cost of the proposed VIR amendments.
Cassidy also pondered why the Realtor who had described the value and protection offered by Ouray County VIR for open spaces when selling him his home was now opposed to the proposed VIR amendments.
John Meltzer of Ridgway Real Estate stated that the proposed VIR amendments would limit his ability to build or expand on his own property, making some lots less valuable. Meltzer said while some may debate a decrease in property values from the proposed VIR amendments, he felt "VIRs will kill future increases in value."
Pleasant Valley resident, Bob Turner, who spoke via Rogers' video presentation, said that he and his wife Althea could have relocated anywhere in the country but chose to live in Ouray County because of its rural character and incredible vistas. Turner stated he had no troubles with building his house in 2006 under the VIRs and felt controls on development were important.
Turner's wife, Althea, also commented via Rogers' video that she had witnessed unrestricted development in the Caribbean and saw very-wealthy residents who valued privacy and development controls leave overdeveloped areas and hoped that didn't happen to Ouray County.
Several speakers referenced the proposed VIR amendments impacts on the cost of living in Ouray County including Ridgway resident Larry Coulter.
Coulter stated under the proposed VIR amendments, "a typical middle income couple would not be able to build here." Coulter said, "That to me is discriminatory."
Ed Folga, Ridgway resident and business owner, said "It's not going to affect people retiring here; it's going to affect people here now."
Connie Wurst stated that a one-time 20 percent addition to her 600 square foot home was not applicable. "It may be okay for someone with a 3000 square foot home," said Wurst, but worried that her kids may need more if they eventually move into the home.
John J. Jackson who spoke on behalf of Wolfe Land and Cattle Company stated that the Wolfe family, who had been excellent stewards of the land for 25 years, would be negatively impacted by the proposed VIR amendments. "It makes all Wolfe Ranch houses into non-conforming structures," said Jackson, who went on to explain that while agricultural buildings were exempt, storage and residential buildings were not.
Richard Weber III, a fourth generation member of the Weber Ranch, stated he had bought property from his family in the county and hoped to continue to live here but that the proposed VIR amendments would make the family more inclined to move somewhere else as he saw "property rights slipping through our hands."
Laurie Bunten, Secretary of the Ouray Trail Group, read a statement from the group in support of VIR in the southern, alpine portion of Ouray County. Bunten stated the group maintained 83 trails which 36,000 users reported visiting annually. Bunten said the OTG had always supported a view corridor adjacent to trails and consistent with the views of the hiking public.
Former County Commissioner Alan Staehle said that the proposed VIR regulations had the advantage of 16 years of experience to grow from and urge the BOCC to honor the Master Plan and approve the proposed VIR amendments.
Several homeowners including Lindler and Tom McKenney asked for exclusions of the Dallas Meadows, Idlewild, Whispering Pines and Panoramic Heights subdivisions from the proposed VIR amendments.
Paula Marlatt, who described her negative experiences with development restrictions in Boulder County, called upon the BOCC to bring proposed VIR amendments up for a public vote. Her call for a public referendum was reiterated by other speakers.
The staff presentation repeated points from the Aug. 7 meeting including explanation of proposed VIR regulations. Changes in the proposed VIR amendments included blending becoming mandatory, the calculating building mass based only on visible portions of buildings and removing the terms "bench" and "hilltop" from agricultural exclusions.
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Final: Ridgway girls lose 47-42 to Paonia after a valiant 4th quarter comeback attempt.
Update: 45-42, Crozier hits 2 from the line.
Update: 52 seconds, 45-40 Paonia
Update: 2:19 remaining, Paonia on top 43-34
Update: Paonia up 43-32 in 4th Qtr.
Update: Paonia up 25-21 at half.
Update: Paonia up 21-19 in 2nd Qtr.
Update: Tied 13-13 end of 1st Qtr.
Update: Teams trade leads early - Ridgway up 9-8.
Update: Ridgway girls are up 6-0 early in Durango.
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