Specific development question aired

By Hank Lohmeyer


The Board of County Commissioners heard from constituents Ralph D'Alessandro of Hotchkiss and Arlie Clark of Crawford during a meeting earlier this month.

D'Alessandro asked commissioners about possible changes in the existing specific development regulations. He said he had been told by a colleague on the Delta Conservation District board about changes that are being made, or that had already been made, which would affect "property values."

The commissioners explained the county legal and planning staffs have been directed to "go through" the specific development regulations and look for areas that may need to be revised, amended, changed, etc. However, no specific changes have been discussed beyond the county staff level.

Commissioners said any proposed changes will go through a public process with the APCs, planning commission, and at the BoCC as well.

• In a separate matter, constituent Arlie Clark told the commissioners that they should take over responsibility for paved street maintenance in the 35-lot Pleasant Valley subdivision which he began developing some 10 years ago. Clark believes the county intended to do so when the development was approved. He said "taxes have been paid for 10 years and nothing has been done."

Commissioner Bruce Hovde said Clark's subdivision was caught in the same situation as others when a moratorium was placed on accepting subdivision streets into the county road system. Hovde said the matter "is being discussed."

Commissioner Doug Atchley said research of the county's approval for Clark's development should show whether there was a specific promise by the county to take over maintenance of the paved subdivision streets.

Clark said he wants to get the issue resolved.

Clark also had advice for the commissioners on two other issues. He said noxious weeds including Russian knapweed and poison milkweed are spreading onto private land from county road rights-of-way. A better program of weed control with earlier mowing and more spraying by the county is needed, he said.

Clark also told commissioners that tree trimming in the county road right-of-way needs to be improved. Visibility is blocked at some intersections, creating dangers for motorists. Commissioners said that if they are given the precise locations of problem growth in the county right-of-way, it will be quickly removed.