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Commission approves amendments to Land Use Code

A batch of proposed Land Use Code amendments slated to come before the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners Oct. 19 covers a broad range of land use issues.

In addition to an item relating to recreational vehicle camping on private property (see related article), the BoCC will likely hear recommendations concerning subdivision exemption plats for agricultural and ranching land divisions, RV occupation with active building permits, and mining operations that do not require a permit.

The BoCC could also hear a recommendation on accessory structures, though Planning Commission Chair Kirk England expressed interest at the Sept. 23 planning commission meeting in revisiting the topic before its move to the BoCC.

The amendment concerning exemption plats would allow the BoCC to grant requests for landowners to create an additional lot from an existing tract of land 35 acres or larger within agricultural/ranching districts to benefit traditional ranching and farming families by allowing more than one family to live on the property to assist with operations.

Among other conditions, no more than one home would be allowed on the new tract and no more than two homes on the original tract.

The planning commission unanimously approved the amendment at their Sept. 9 meeting.

Also on Sept. 9, the commission voted to allow RVs to be occupied in residential zoning districts with the commencement of an active building permit for a principle structure, to be renewable until a certificate of occupancy is obtained. Typical building permits are active for 180 days.

At its Sept. 23 meeting, the commission tackled and approved an amendment to the LUC that would allow mining operations without a permit for an agricultural operation where no material would be exported from the parcel.

Mining operations would not be allowed within 1,000 feet of the nearest residence not owned by the landowner and could not exceed 30,000 cubic yards per year, with limits of a four-acre footprint and 3-to-1 slopes.

An amendment to accessory structures, including storage containers, added that accessory structures could be built before primary residences and, among other changes, states that accessory structures cannot take up more than 7 percent of a lot’s land area.

The amendment was approved Sept. 9.

The BoCC’s next regular meeting is on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Building, with the following regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 19, either at the BoCC meeting room or the Extension Building.