OURAY COUNTY – Over 200 residents of Ouray County have signed a petition supporting proposed updates to Visual Impact Regulations in Section 9 of the county’s Land Use Code, with new signatures being added every day.
The petition, titled “Respect Ouray County: Support Section 9 – Our Land Use Code is for our County and for Us,” will be presented to the Ouray Board of County Commissioners on the eve of an important public hearing on Visual Impact Regulations scheduled for Aug. 7-8.
The petition’s crafters, including Rose Evans, John Hollrah, Tom McKenney, Sara Coulter and Don Rogers of Ridgway, aim to show the commissioners that a large contingent of county residents actually supports changes to Section 9 of the County’s Land Use Code pertaining to Visual Impact Regulations, as proposed by the Ouray County Planning Commission after several years’ worth of work.
“There are a whole lot of people in favor of it,” Hollrah said. “Probably 70 percent of the county sees this as a nonpartisan issue. But there is usually a vocal presence from the other side, leading commissioners to think that the county is split about 50-50. We would like to disabuse them of that impression if possible.”
The proposed changes to Section 9 would make certain aspects of the Visual Impact Regulations more flexible in regard to screening and setbacks, and add several more county roads as Visual Impact Corridors, while clarifying and revising the point system by which Visual Impact Corridors are measured.
‘It’s smart planning for the future,” Evans said. “We know development is coming, and we want to get ahead of it with some smart planning. This is not a Big Brother approach. The goal is not to try to be controlling of other people. I don’t want to stop development. I just want it to be smart development.”
The petition is being circulated in both paper form and electronically. County residents can read and sign it online at ipetitions.com/petition/respect-ouray-county.
The document spelling out proposed changes to Section 9, meanwhile, is posted on Ouray County’s website, ouraycountyco.gov. “Everyone really needs to read it and make sure they know what they are for or against,” Evans said.
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