County hires employee to enforce zoning compliance

Move is meant to bring nuisances under control

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/7/19

Elbert County has hired its first-ever zoning compliance officer, Mike Moore, and plans to begin enforcing zoning and compliance ordinances that were approved in March 2018. Amendments approved to …

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County hires employee to enforce zoning compliance

Move is meant to bring nuisances under control

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Elbert County has hired its first-ever zoning compliance officer, Mike Moore, and plans to begin enforcing zoning and compliance ordinances that were approved in March 2018.

Amendments approved to the zoning ordinance last March 28 were created in response to citizen concerns about overgrown vegetation that creates a fire hazard, unauthorized businesses that increase traffic and dilapidated buildings throughout the county.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said County Manager Sam Albrecht. “The citizens have been calling and complaining, but until now we have not had the capacity or the capability to take care of it.”

Resolution 18-16 specifically addresses issues regarding the enforcement of zoning regulations, and the enforcement of rubbish, trash or junk. The ordinance was created to “promote the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Elbert County,” according to the resolution.

Homeowners who have broken-down vehicles, dilapidated housing structures or are using RVs and trailers as residences can expect a letter from Moore, notifying them of the violation. Illegal burning, overgrown vegetation and unauthorized businesses will also be notified.

According to a statement from Elbert County on its Facebook page: “Residents will not be fined until after multiple attempts to contact the homeowner and resolve the issue have failed and after a request for voluntary compliance isn’t met.”

Since it’s the first time the county has used a zoning compliance officer, Albrecht said the county isn’t sure how the process will play out, but the intention is to work with property owners who are in violation.

“They’ll get a letter, then a knock on their door, and we’ll give them plenty of opportunity to correct the violations,” said Albrecht.

Unlicensed businesses that bring excessive traffic into neighborhoods have been of concern to residents, and Albrecht said the county will focus on those as a safety issue.

“This doesn’t apply to someone who is doing consulting from their homes,” said Albrecht. “But say you’re selling goods or services from your home that increases traffic in your neighborhood, that’s of concern.”

With the extreme fire hazards of the past two years, overgrown vegetation is also a safety concern, according to Albrecht.

The county ordinances and zoning regulations are available on the Elbert county website, www.elbertcounty-co.gov/5%20-%20CDS/RES%202018-16.pdf.

To report a violation or have questions, contact Moore at 720.595.3610.

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