Town board action Nov. 21 on a conditional use permit for a building at 980 W. Main Street complicated a real estate sale that was finally concluded last week, and the town's process ended up skipping the step of a public hearing.
The matter also brought occasion for suggestions on how Cedaredge's complex zoning rules should be changed and improved.
The town's conditional use permitting procedure and zoning rules complicated the building's sale transaction needlessly, explained Arlo Cox. The Grand Mesa Water Users' Association is the building's intended new occupant.
Cox noted that other businesses wanting to use the commercial building had been turned down in the past and their owners didn't know why. The town's rules "are hard to figure out," Cox told trustees. The town's rules are "pretty unfair on what is and is not allowed," he said.
The building (which according to county records sold for $107,000 in 2001 and then again last year for $55,000) is located in a mixed-use residential zoning district that is all residential to the north. On that block of Main Street there is a storage unit business, a large commercial building, an auto repair shop and an auto salvage yard. The building at 980 W. Main has been used as a plumbing shop in the recent past.
In waiving the public hearing on the conditional use permit, the town trustees approved a permit for the intended office-type uses of the GMWUA.
The issue required detailed research into town zoning rules. In a memo to trustees, town administrator Katie Sickles stated, "I have reviewed in great detail Title 16 Chapter 2 zoning and two prior incidents of zoning conflicts at this location."
"You need rules that are consistent and concise," Cox told the trustees.
He had another suggestion for trustees, saying, "The decision shouldn't come down to an opinion (of staff)." It was a suggestion the town board members decided to ignore. They directed the planning commission to recommend whether the public hearing requirement could be eliminated altogether and the town administrator be given full decision-making authority in future instances.blog comments powered by Disqus