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|OURAY COUNTY Staff presents Visual Impact suggestions||| Print ||
|Thursday, 30 January 2014 04:56|
Commissioner Mike Fedel questioned why the staff suggestions were based on the Ouray County Planning Commission's draft changes that were not approved during the public hearing on Nov. 6.
"We rejected the changes," Fedel stated. "That means the existing code is the basis."
Commission Chair Lynn Padgett stated, "I think staff spent a lot of time, not picking out elements that they considered important but picking out the things that they believed the board had come to some sort of consensus on during our deliberations."
"I'll buy that," replied Fedel.
Commissioner Don Batchelder pointed out that the suggested revisions included only the roads currently subject to Section 9 and did not include any of the additional roads named in the planning commission's draft VIR changes that were the subject of the November hearing.
Padgett questioned why her suggestion to include additional roads with scores of three or less, adding only 10 percent more acreage to the VIR corridor, was not included.
The board agreed to incorporate their individual lists of suggested changes as well as corrections and revisions from public comment in a second draft of the revisions that the board would discuss with staff at a second work session.
"I didn't think we were done discussing it (the inclusion of additional roads)," Padgett remarked.
Twenty changes to the planning commission’s March 21, 2013, draft version of Section 9 were suggested by staff, plus one additional revision to Section 4 to square with Section 9.
Notable suggestions include: calculation of average roof height based on building plans rather than requiring staff to make site visits to measure height with story poles; exemptions for fences under 10 feet in height; changing agricultural exemptions for structures to those used 'primarily' for agriculture instead of 'exclusively' for that purpose; and, clarification that existing county land use-approved subdivisions and historical subdivisions of fewer than 35 acres are exempt from 100 foot setbacks.
Answering public questioning, Castrodale said the PUD exemption would apply to the Dallas Meadows subdivision, located north of Ridgway, regarding setbacks.
The revisions specify that houses destroyed by fire or other causes can be rebuilt but must not increase non-conformity with regard to setback or skyline breakage.
The 20 percent exemption rule for rebuilding or expansions was also removed, meaning that houses could be expanded greater than 20 percent if existing non-conformities were not increased.
Castrodale said staff's current interpretation was that this rule would mean that the backside of a structure, subject to setback non-conformity issues, could still be expanded.
Other staff-suggested revisions included using less subjective language when possible, including for definitions of blending and ridgelines.
Castrodale stated the revisions would apply only to buildings within the existing VIR corridors.
Staff identified areas left outstanding for interpretation and direction as: the need to juxtapose VIR with Section 4 of the land use code; overlay zones; setback applications to the upper edge of escarpments; VIR review fees; and, matters of innocuous skyline breakage.
Approximately a dozen members of the public were present during the work session and asked various questions regarding the staff revisions.
County commissioners reached consensus to discuss the "low hanging fruit," or matters of little controversy, during a second upcoming work session on Feb. 6 at 9:00 a.m. in the land use building on Mall Road.
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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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