County Land Use
As you know. I get to Chaffee County a great deal. I own property with some friends and have enjoyed watching the various political actions. This year looks to be particularly interesting. In the race of County Commissioner, there are 3 candidates; Dave Williams (R), Bill Dvorak (D) and Greg Felt (I). Greg was recruited by Karen Adams who has a long and varied history of controlling the County Commission. She is hedging her bet with Greg on having two Commissioners to work with.
She was very successful when Frank McMurry and Glenn Everett were commissioners. She lost some influence when Joe DeLuca, Tim Glenn, Jerry Mallett and Jim Osborn were in office. But she came back eight years ago with Frank Holman, Dave Potts and Dennis Giese and she owns them. Frank and Dennis are termed out this year. But she still has Dave Potts and is working on getting Felt in office for a majority of 2 to continue the run.
In March, Karen was able to convince the three Commissioners to drop their Republican registration and go Independent and throw their support to Felt. This did not surprise anyone who knows Karen. She enlisted Greg to run and split the Democratic vote to insure that Dave Williams gets elected
Karen’s true interest is in the land use planning of the County. She was one of the leaders in the 1980’s who instituted 1 dwelling per acre. A ten year public review process changed this to 1 unit per 5 acres but Karen is the Chairperson of the county’s Planning and zoning and is moving forward to go back to 1 unit per 2 acres. It appears that this will be one of the platforms for Felt and Williams.
After a decade of battling, the County adopted in 2014, a land use code that decreased density in the Rural and Recreational zones from 2-acre lots to 1 lot per 5 acres while retaining the 1 lot per 2 acres in the Residential zone. As you’ll see from the attached document, the Planning Commission has on its schedule for the April 26, work session the discussion of returning to 1 lot per 2 acres in the Rural and Recreational Zones and even higher density in the Residential zone. The agenda includes removal of visual impact review regulations and open space requirements.
I look forward to the continuing drama.
Mark Evens In Canon City