After controversy, Samuelsons withdraw special permit request |

After controversy, Samuelsons withdraw special permit request

Lindsey England and Abbey Samuelson lead an art workshop using recycled materials including wine corks during a week long Cowgirl Camp held at Hithers Edge Ranch in Fraser.
File photo / Art Ferrari |

A recent land use dispute in the Fraser Valley was formally resolved this week after Cathy Samuelson withdrew a request for a special-use permit for TM Fencing to operate on the Samuelson’s property, Hither’s Edge Ranch.

The issue was brought to the forefront last fall after Fraser Trustee Andy Miller wrote a column in the Oct. 20 edition of the Winter Park Times supporting the Samuleson’s right to engage in commercial operations on their ranch, despite county zoning regulations and a cease and desist order from the county. In early November, the county’s planning commission voted unanimously to support the issuance of a special-use permit for the operation of TM Fencing on the Samuelson’s property.

Over the intervening weeks, Grand County government developed a special-use permit regime for TM Fencing’s continued operation on the property. On Tuesday, the board was conducting a continued public hearing when Samuelson announced TM Fencing would be withdrawing the request for the permit.

“Since we will probably be sued, if we continue getting this SUP, we are withdrawing the fencing business from our property,” Samuelson said. “I really feel this was an established right. Fencing has been going on since the late 1800s and this was a right. The fact that neighbors would not take care of their road, as it says in the private road easement agreement, we are not going to pursue this.”

Under the terms of the initial request, the county listed the specific land uses and business ventures that are allowed by right on the Samuelson property, which included family residences; agricultural uses such as haying, grazing and livestock; commercial or private riding stables, a horse clinic and other services easily associated with a commercial or private riding stable; cultivation of industrial hemp; and Samuelson Outfitters, a home occupation.

Following the withdrawal, the commissioners moved on to continue a public hearing on a special-use permit for the Fraser Valley Community Media Tower that was previously scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The hearing was rescheduled at the request of the permit applicant. The hearing is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

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