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Open house is chance to help shape zoning, subdivision rules

Four-hour drop-in event will be held in Kiowa on Dec. 14


The Board of County Commissioners is co-sponsoring an open house for citizens to meet with county commissioners, staff and planners and hear the ideas for rewriting Elbert County zoning and subdivision regulations.

The open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa.

Baseline Engineering, Planning & Surveying, located in Golden, is the other co-sponsor of the event. The county has retained Baseline to draft the regulations.

“It isn't a glamorous subject, but it's rules of the road related to land development in Elbert,” said Baseline planning director Vince Harris.

“This is an open house to allow citizens to drop in at any time,” said Kyle Fenner, Elbert County's director of community and development services. “Planners and county leadership will be available to meet with visitors, and this is also an opportunity for people to share their ideas with them.”

“This is an opportunity for the citizens to have a positive impact of the county,” said County Commissioner Grant Thayer, who has 14 years' experience serving on previous planning commissions for the county and is providing his assistance on the project.

“The current regulations are out-of-date and inconsistent, and often at conflict internally,” he said.

According to an informational flyer about the Dec. 14 meeting, these regulations have not been updated in a comprehensive way in decades.

“It's time now, considering the stronger economy, that we have implementable, viable regulations,” Thayer said.

Thayer explained that the county's comprehensive master plan, which is also being rewritten through a separate process, is “more of the heart and soul of regulations, but are not regulatory.”

“Regulations are enforceable, and it's time for them to be updated and consistent, and to reflect current reality,” he said.

Attendees of the open house “will have an opportunity to influence the outcome. This will give them an opportunity to influence the outcome of the regulations that will affect the county for the next decade or so,” Thayer said.

“The county commissioners today are very involved in strategic planning and trying to manage the finances so the future will continue to get better for the county,” he added.

The planning commission and county commissioners will review the regulations before adopting them sometime in mid-April.

For more information, call 303-621-3185 or email Kyle.Fenner@ElbertCounty-CO.Gov.


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