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Paonia residents abound at land use meeting

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The second of two community meetings regarding future Delta County land use regulations being considered by county commissioners was held July 1 at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.

Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, noted that most of the attendees were from the Paonia area.

Casselberry recapped the process to date through slides and narrative, noting that this gathering was intended to gain input from the community in creating land use regulations that are fair and predictable.

Three tables were set up around the hall, one for each commissioner district. Commissioners were present to meet with the community at their respective tables.

Planning commissioners appointed from each commissioner district were near their district's table also to discuss land use regulations with people from their districts.

Casselberry and county administrator Robbie LeValley also took comments.

On the tables were copies of the "Delta County, Colorado, Strategic Outline" land use concept plan, which those attending were asked to review and take home if they wished.

Four questions were posted at each table, with pens and post-it notes for residents to write notes in answer to the questions and/or leave comments of their own.

The questions posted were:

1. Are we missing any important land uses in the list we have created?

2. Would you make any changes to what is an E (exempt from regulation); P (allowed, but a permit required); L (allowed, but subject to use-specific standards verified administratively); C (allowed only after conditional use approval)?

3. What issues do you think we need to take into consideration as we finalize zoning district and use?

4. What issues do you think we need to take into consideration as we begin developing zoning maps?

Copies of Delta County land use maps were posted on the walls, indicating subdivisions by number of parcels; residential use by number of units; and non-residential properties with improvements, by classifications.

Heritage Hall was alive with conversations. A sampling of notes left for each of the four questions follows.

1. Missing land uses: Zipline Park; mountain bike park/trail; need some specifics on vineyards and wineries, possibilities of events, tastings, tasting room, commercial distribution versus the hobby; conservation easements; short-term rentals, Air BnB, which should not fit in with commercial.

2. Changes to planned zoning: gun repair shop; kennel; cemetery; restaurant; truck wash; hazardous waste, not allowed; be more clear with E, P and L definitions -- 19 people mentioned this; CAFO and IAFO highly impactful, need full public review.

3. Issues to take into consideration as zoning districts and uses are finalized:

Dark skies, hooded lighting, keep to a minimum light pollution, plus four similar comments; need system for neighbor input when uses change; access to infrastructure.

4. Issues to take into consideration as we begin to develop zoning maps: Wildlife corridors; need to regulate solar array fields and wind farms; please consider language that addresses planning commission and BoCC accountability to master plan.

Casselberry said the county expects to have community meetings regarding the zoning regulations and zoning maps early this fall.

Submit comments at ecasselberry@deltacounty.com, call 970-874-2110, or deliver or mail to, 501 Palmer, Room 115, Delta, CO 81416.

To follow the progress of the land use regulations project on line, visit: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCLR-fl-A-FyiSCmWfG43Zw; Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DeltaCountyCO/; Twitter https://twitter.com/DeltaCountyCO.

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