Save Public Property Rights
by Dave Calhoon
Jun 10, 2010 | 516 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Town Hall public meeting held on May 27 on Section 9Visual Impact Regulations dealt with Ouray County’s perspective on the needed changes to the Land Use Code. According to the colored brochure handout at the meeting, in 2009, enhancing and improving “existing” visual-impact regulations became a board priority, and we should make “existing” regulations work better.

The proposed Section 9 regulations have gutted over 90 percent of the present Section 9 regulations, making “existing” non-existent. The Section 9 visual-impact regulations were enacted on March 4, 1986. From 1995 through 2001, a complete review of the Land Use Code was completed, with over 160 amendments and additions. In the last 24 years, to my knowledge, there has not been a single change in Section 9.

The Ouray County Master Plan is a visionary concept of the Ouray County Planning Commission, and is not an enforceable part of the Ouray County Land Use Code. Any proposed BOCC and Planning Commission workshops relating to the Land Use Code should be held as evening meetings, to enable the working public the opportunity to attend.

Let us use common sense that protects private property rights and affords employment opportunities in any revisions to our code.

Thank you.

– Dave Calhoon
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John C
June 12, 2010
A random survey could reveal whether most people think that the visual landscape is too cluttered, or whether we should allow more signage, or whether we have a good balance between the competing interests.

If more people felt that signage should be reduced, then a fee could be charged to those who put up signs. Discount fees could be assessed if the signs are made with earthtones, if most people felt those less offensive than bright colors.

Fee proceeds should be given to the people.