Stimulus may benefit Grand County |

Stimulus may benefit Grand County

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) staffer Matt Sugar visited the Grand County commissioners Tuesday to provide information about the stimulus package being signed by President Obama in Denver that day.

Asked whether there would be anything in the package that would trickle down to Grand County, Sugar responded there may be opportunities in transportation and energy that could benefit the county, as well as funds made available to help specific projects such as a fix to the Hot Sulphur Springs’ water system.

Commissioner examines ‘business’ zoning

In light of the transfer station issue with Hot Sulphur Springs, County Commissioner James Newberry suggested a workshop with planners to discuss the county’s business zone.

County Planner Kris Manguso maintains the transfer station is a “use by right” in the business zone, which lists “warehouses” as uses in that zone. Businesses such as a pellet plant next to Kremmling and a lumber operation next to Fraser are examples of light industrial to industrial-types of businesses that automatically have been allowed in that zone.

A transfer station is next to be included, the discussion of which has prompted Newberry to instigate an examination of the zone throughout the county. Manguso estimates there are less than 50 undeveloped properties left in the business zone.

County research since the last public meeting on the transfer station unveiled that at least five transfer stations have been passed in Colorado without going through a special-use permit process ” zoned industrial, not business.

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