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Land-use rules head for a vote

Allyn Harvey

When the Pitkin County commissioners decide next week on profound changes to the county land-use code, they’ll have to reckon with their Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendations against the proposals.But it appears the county’s top elected officials are ready to ignore nearly three hours of public testimony from more than a half-dozen landowners and more than a half-dozen land-use experts when they make their decision.County Commissioner Leslie Lamont said yesterday that the board has no plans to delay next Wednesday’s second and final reading on the new rules, even if it means no transcript of the public’s concerns or the planning commission’s deliberations are ready.The proposed changes affect all growth-management exemptions granted in the mid-1970s, when the county first adopted growth-management restrictions, and all vested rights – the amount of time a land-use approval is valid. If they are adopted over the P&Z’s objections, vested approvals and all underlying development rights would have to be used within five years, and many of the growth-management exemptions granted more than 20 years ago would be void.It normally takes a month or more to have planning meetings transcribed from a cassette recording, said P&Z Chairman Peter Martin.County Attorney John Ely said the commissioners might instead rely on an account of what was said from Assistant Planning Director Lance Clarke, who keeps his own notes at most meetings.


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