Grand Lake continues zoning hearing until Nov. 10 |

Grand Lake continues zoning hearing until Nov. 10

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado’s, consideration of another round of rezoning was hashed out in planning commission hearings, during which a reported roomful of property owners voiced opposition to the proposed rezones.

But planning commissioners found compromises to appease those who opposed the rezone push.

By the time zoning actions were before town trustees to make into law Monday, just one citizen showed up, only to support Grand Lake Planning Commissioners’ recommendations.

Town trustees nearly adopted the commissions’ recommendations, but in the end continued the public hearing to Nov. 10 to allow time for planning staff to draw up the necessary resolution.

Monday’s public hearing was the third hearing on the issue, with others conducted by planning commissioners on Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

In January 2006, the town adopted an updated master plan, which called for a comprehensive rezoning of areas to position the town as it approaches build out.

Upon noticing that their properties could face different zonings, initially several citizens were against the town’s actions.

Three families own The Lake Haven Lodge property on Grand Lake.

Owners Fred and Jan Bell said in a letter to the town they saw no reason for rezoning the resort-zoned Lake Haven property to high density single-family residential. The zone the town proposed would have put the Haven’s business that caters to small retreats, family reunions and weddings, out of compliance.

The planning commission recommended that the Lodge property remain in a “resort” district . The property owner was in favor of the negotiation.

Several other comments to the town surrounded rezones of church properties.

Open-zoned property of the Living Word Christian Fellowship ” old Grand Lake Schoolhouse property ” brought about church members opposed to rezoning the property to “Public.”

Considering its growing membership, the Living Word’s Trinity Church of the Pines fellowship may one day decide to sell in order to build a larger church elsewhere, church members relayed to the town. Church members felt rezoning to “public” could devalue the property.

The planning commission recommended the lot be rezoned from open to residential-estate with the condition the zoning code allow for the church’s current use.

In regard to another church property, citizens wrote letters to the town concerning land owned by the Presbyterian Church next door to the Church of the Pines, property split into two lots in 1993. Citizens feared rezoning the lot from open to public would jeopardize the intent of the late Patience Cairns Kemp who donated the land for a scenic easement.

The town-proposed rezoning would not affect the plat, the town assured, thus the planning commission approved the rezone.

” To reach Tonya Bina, e-mail or 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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