TELLURIDE – The Town of Telluride amended Land Use Code floodplain regulations Tuesday, following the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s establishment of new minimum statewide floodplain standards in excess of those required by the National Flood Insurance Program.
The intent of the proposed LUC amendment, according to Telluride Planning Director Michelle Haynes, is to make the town more resilient in the event of disaster recovery, and to maintain a sustainable community and remain in good standing with NFIP, by adopting the recommended rules.
The code amendment provisions include increased “freeboard” regulations (defined as the vertical distance in feet above a predicted water surface elevation), to better protect structures from potential flood events, inclusion of criteria for “critical facilities” (defined health and safety facilities, utilities or government facilities and hazardous materials facilities) if they’re located in floodplain areas, and specify language regarding development within areas that have been filled and no longer mapped as part of a floodplain area.
Telluride has participated in NFIP since 1978, the regulations of which Telluride has adopted into its Municipal Code. Since 2011, the State of Colorado has adopted higher, more restrictive standards for floodplain management.
Amendments to the floodplain regulations come after a tumultuous autumn for the Front Range, where many communities were ravaged by severe flooding.
The floodplain regulations can be viewed at telluride-co.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/12102013-313.
Contract to Purchase Land in the Works
The Telluride Town Council acted on its goal to purchase land for open space purposes by agreeing to begin drafting a contract to purchase land parcels above Tomboy Road. The 4.25-acre property located above Tomboy Road and the bottom of the Jud Wiebe trail has been owned by Community Banks of Colorado since 2010.
Because the land is subject to a conservation easement held by Telluride, the town is paying only $10 for the acres. The town, however, must pay for closing costs and the seller’s attorney fees, which are not expected to exceed $2,000.
Street Parking Gets Updates for Snow Removal
Telluride Public Works Director Paul Ruud presented an update on snow plow policies and procedures for the winter, given the multiple feet of new snow fallen since the Nov. 19 Telluride Council meeting,
The one-day-a-week parking prohibition for snow removal and street maintenance on 200 N. Townsend Street has been changed to no parking on Monday in an effort to coordinate with the new one-way traffic flow around the Telluride Elementary School and to assist with the town’s street crew with keeping the east side of the school loading zones clear of snow.
The previous parking regulations that prohibited parking one day of the week for snow removal and maintenance on the 400 and 500 blocks of West Pacific Ave were switched back to the previous orientation of allowing vehicles to park on the north side of those blocks, and the snow storage on the south side of the blocks.
Vehicles cannot be parked on 100 S. Pine St. on Thursdays, a change from the previous system that led to persistent parking infractions.