Paonia planning commission announces two meetings

By Tamie Meck

The Paonia Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, to discuss updating the town's planning agreement with Delta County with county Community and Economic Development Director Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry.

Ackerman-Casselberry will discuss the possibility of including not only the 2010 Highway 133 Corridor Master Plan (available at, under "Government," "Town Code") but an entire three-mile plan along with the creation of a small, comprehensive planning area surrounding the town.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the commission will meet to consider two applications.

• David Knutson, dba Orion Rising LLC, has applied for a home occupancy permit at 401 Vista Drive. Currently zoned R-2, Medium Density Residential, the permit would allow Knutson to have an in-home office and meet with clients. Knutson, a human resources consultant and executive coach, anticipates his business will increase traffic volume by two to three cars per month. Knutson is a sitting member of the Paonia Board of Trustees.

• Frederick Zimmer has submitted a special review/variance application for a special use permit at 397 Clark Avenue, #A. The application was submitted Oct. 25.

Under existing town code the property is zoned I-1, Light Industrial. Zimmer is requesting special use permits to allow fabricating, manufacturing, retail and wholesale business operations by the tenant, Elsewhere Studios, for its pottery studio.

According to the application, approval would not result in any changes to the functioning of the building, or vehicle increase traffic, currently between five to eight vehicles per week.

The Paonia Planning Commission meets in the Community Room at Paonia Town Hall, 214 Grand Avenue.