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Tubing hill cited for zoning violations

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County CO Colorado

A 40-year-old business in the Fraser Valley is being cited for a zoning violation.

The Grand County Planning and Zoning Department issued a zoning violation to one owner, James Gordon, of the Fraser Tubing Hill for that business’ alleged expansion of its tubing acreage and for adding more lighting.

The violation, issued Nov. 25, states the owner has until the day of Christmas Eve to correct the violation, which entails “adding new light poles, adding light fixtures to existing poles and enlarging the area used for tubing without a special-use permit” – or face as much as $100-a-day fines.

The 16-plus-acres Fraser Tubing Hill dates to 1970, prior to adoption of any zoning regulations in the county.

But any changes made to the facility can jump-start the necessity for a special-use permit public process, similar to what transpired in recent county meetings regarding the Colorado Adventure Park – Fraser Tubing Hill’s new competitor and neighbor.

Rodney Rogers, who has been part owner of the tubing hill since 1991, said he plans to challenge the notice, saying on Tuesday, “there is no violation.”

“We’ve always used that portion of the hill,” he said. “We used it as a kiddy hill. All I did is remove the pine beetle-kill trees to make it more accessible.

“They cannot control the Fraser Tubing Hill the way they can control Colorado Adventure Park,” he added.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.

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