Zoning in the Salida Municipal Planning Area

As many people are aware Chaffee County has been working on revisions to the zoning code for several years. As that work progresses, a necessary step is to examine the zoning throughout the County. Each of the municipalities in the county has been asked to make recommendations on the zoning in the areas surrounding their boundaries.

The Salida Regional Planning Commission will host a public hearing on Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the zoning around Salida. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers at the Touber Building at 448 E. 1st Street and anyone is welcome to attend and comment on the proposed zoning. The Regional Planning Commission will then forward their recommendations to the County for zoning around Salida.

This hearing will be the first of several steps in updating the County zoning map. Prior to adoption this recommendation will also be reviewed by the County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. Hearings before those boards have not yet been scheduled.

The County is considering several new zoning classifications to replace the existing zone designations. The new zone districts under consideration are Backcountry, Rural, Residential, Light Commercial Recreational, Highway Commercial and Industrial. In considering where these zone districts should be applied the Regional Planning Commission will consider the existing zoning on the site, current use of the site, surrounding uses, access and location with respect to municipal services among other factors.

The proposed zoning around Salida was drafted by city and county staff and was discussed and updated with the Regional Planning Commission during their meeting on October 20th. This additional meeting is being held in order to seek additional comments from the property owners and others who may be interested.

Affected property owners in the areas surrounding Salida should plan to attend the Regional Planning Commission meeting next Wednesday or contact city or county planning staff for more information.

Additional information is available on the Chaffee County website at www.chaffeecounty.org. Follow the link at the bottom of the page for the latest drafts of the proposed zone districts and maps. Any comments or questions are welcome and can be directed to myself at dara.macdonald@cityofsalida.com, 530-2629, or Kim Antonucci, County Planner at kantonucci@chaffeecounty.org, 530-5567.