TELLURIDE – Members of the Telluride Town Council, during a work session on Tuesday, directed staff to move forward with plans that would relocate utilities in an area northwest of Primrose Subdivision as it relates to properties owned by Windhorse Properties LLC and the Town of Telluride.
Planned utility changes, which have so far received an informal nod from property owners within the Primrose Subdivision, include undergrounding obstructive transformers and related improvements, upgrading the main sewer line, and realigning utilities to lie within rights of way.
Plans also include the road realignment of Road Hawg Circle (which will be renamed Primrose Street) and a reconfiguration of lot lines in a manner that will straighten lot lines and address existing encroachments. Plans also include an improved drainage system throughout the subdivision.
These improvements will allow for the creation of three new unencumbered Town-owned lots in Block 10 and the elimination of utility encumbrances within Block 21. They will also allow for constructed access to the Windhorse property.
The plans include an equitable shared cost between the town and Windhorse.
“This is a huge benefit in terms of having greatly encumbered lots that are not very developable,” Clifton said of the town-owned lots. “This realignment will provide nice access from the south side of Primrose Street and the lot size configuration will be standard. There is a real positive in all of this and we have seen a lot of consensus.”
Councilmember Thom Carnevale agreed. “I see this as a real positive step for the community and the realignment is a good move,” he said.
Council’s direction on Tuesday will lead to a formal review of plans at the Telluride Planning and Zoning Commission as well as a formal review from the Telluride Town Council.
Parking in Center Lane Remains Prohibited at All Hours
With representatives of Telluride’s Main Street Enhancement Task Force unable to reach a consensus, members of the Telluride Town Council on Tuesday decided to stick with the ordinance already in place that prohibits parking in the center lane of Colorado Avenue at any time of day without a permit.
It was during a council work session on Tuesday that the issue of center lane parking was discussed. The Main Street Enhancement Task Force has been soliciting comments from the community on the matter and after receiving a lot of input, the task force had no formal recommendation to council on whether or not center lane parking should be allowed.
Current municipal code states, “It is unlawful for any vehicle to park in the center lane Commercial Loading Zone without a valid permit displayed.” Signs on the street have confused some drivers and state that center lane parking is only prohibited until 6 p.m. With that confusion in place, after 6 p.m. the center lane of main street has been looking more like a parking lot than a Commercial Loading Zone.
Several members of the public and main street merchants spoke out against a possible amendment to the code that would allow center lane parking while others expressed a desire to allow parking in the area.
In the end, council decided to stick with the current rule stated in the municipal code and, for now, to tape over the street signs that state “until 6 p.m.”
“We have an ordinance and it should be enforced,” Councilmember Thom Carnevale said. Seemingly every member of council agreed with his statement.
Vending Permits Won’t Be Issued for Pro Cycle Challenge
The Telluride Town Council passed a second and final reading of an ordinance that imposes a temporary prohibition on the issuance of new vending permits during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Aug. 20.
The terms of the approved ordinance is to temporarily suspend the section of the Telluride Municipal Code, which authorizes the issuance of vending permits for vending on private property. It also directs the Town Clerk to issue no vending permits on Aug. 20.
The ordinance comes following extensive discussions between Telluride representatives and organizers of the Pro Cycle Challenge. It was requested that the town suspend vending activities during the event as organizers believe vending has the potential to be burdensome and difficult to adequately enforce during the event.
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