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BoCC appoints two new members to planning commission

Archuleta County has two new planning commissioners following appointments by the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday.

Mellody Gartley and Anita Hooton were appointed to positions vacated following resignations by planning commission chair Kirk England and member Jeff Jones.

England and Jones resigned citing personal reasons, said County Administrator Greg Schulte.

Gartley and Hooton will serve the remainder of England’s and Jones’ terms, which expire March 2012.

Additionally, the BoCC reappointed Steve Van Horn for another three-year term on the commission, set to expire March 2014.

The three appointees were the only applicants for Van Horn’s and England’s positions, but all three were appointed with a subsequent resignation by Jones.

Dealing with other planning and land use matters at the meeting, the BoCC approved the first-ever plat exemption in Archuleta County for a 23.583-acre parcel in the Allison area.

Plat exemptions to create new parcels are allowed by state statute on parcels of land 35 acres or larger that are zoned Agricultural-Ranching as approved by the Board of Commissioners and are deemed to not be an attempt to circumvent subdivision rules.

Jeff Robbins, serving as attorney for applicant, Pat Kerrigan, said the decision legalizes the right for Kerrigan to use the property for single family and agricultural uses.

In further business at the meeting, the commissioners appointed Manuel Trujillo to a four-year term on the Archuleta County Housing Authority Board and approved reallocating $15,000 originally directed to the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation for use in a geothermal resource study (see related article).

The next regular meeting of the BoCC is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 3.

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