Are you interested in helping to plan the future of the Town of Hotchkiss? Now is your chance to become a member of the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.
The responsibility of the Delta County Planning Commission is to adopt and maintain the county's Master Plan, review and make recommendation on county regulations, including the county's subdivision regulations, specific development regulations and other regulations related to land use that the county may consider.
The planning commission does not make broad policy recommendations outside planning and land use, unless expressly requested to do so by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC).
County commissioners Doug Atchley, Don Suppes and Mark Roeber met with members of the Delta County Planning Commission Oct. 17 at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss in preparation for the land use code update and restructuring of the planning commission.
County planning commission members are: from District 1, Angela Mackey, vice chair, Steve Schrock and Steve Shea; from District 2, Layne Brones, Tate Locke, Lucinda Stanley; from District 3, Tony Prendergast, Kim Shay, Bob Stechert, chair.
The Delta County Commissioners have been in the process of revamping the makeup of the Delta County Planning Commission since early 2017, with the goal of balancing representation from across the county.
Also, for several years there has been discussion about eliminating the Area Planning Committees (APC), which were established for the same goal -- balancing representation in planning matters across the county.
After thanking the public for their comments concerning the Master Plan on May 9, planning commission chair Bob Stechert invited comments from planning commission members.
Steve Schrock, District 1, said the public's comments will be considered in adopting the Master Plan.
The Delta County Planning Commission has worked on an update of the county's 1997 Master Plan for over a year. Input has been solicited through a series of meetings and open houses. Individuals, businesses and organizations from across the county have responded through social media, mail and phone calls.
Eleven months in the making, the first full draft of the Delta County Master Plan is available for public review and comment.
"The goal of this process was always to create a new framework for managing land use and development that is more fair and predictable than what we have now and would result in outcomes consistent with the community's vision for the future," said Bob Stechert, Delta County Planning Commission chair.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
The Delta County Planning Commission continued its page-by-page discussion of the review draft of the Master Plan update at its March 7 meeting at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. The commission began the discussion of the review draft on Feb. 28.
Mark Lee and Richard Simmons have been re-appointed to the Delta Planning Commission, leaving two spots still to be filled.
Carl Jahn's three-year term also expired, but he declined to apply for another term.
Tate Locke was appointed to the Delta County Planning Commission Nov. 14, representing the Surface Creek area.
Locke is a Colorado native and moved to the Western Slope in 2003.
Last week, Delta County officially launched a yearlong process to update the Delta County Master Plan. A master plan provides the overall vision for how the built environment -- infrastructure, housing, transportation, recreation, business and industry -- support and complement the other less tangible aspects of community -- the economy, health, the environment and quality of life.
Jay Stooksberry and Mary Cooper were recently appointed to the Delta Planning Commission. Cooper was appointed to the planning commission after serving out the remainder of Gerald Roberts' term after he was elected to the Delta City Council.
As the county moves forward with its master plan rewrite process and simultaneously with a master county trails plan, there may also be an effort to look at, and perhaps make changes in, the composition of the county planning commission to ensure it represents the entire county fairly and equally.
Commissioner Don Suppes suggested an evaluation of the planning commission because it has only one member from his commissioner district #2.
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