Planning Commission Adopts Formula To Determine Land Development

The Mesa County Planning Commission makes a controversial decision regarding development of rural land tonight following a heated public hearing last week. The decision will set a standard formula that factors in the amount of land a person owns, and how far away from the city the property is which all determines how many units they can develop on their land.

The amendment passed with a four to three vote. The commissioners adopted the amendment because they say it will provide consistency and predictability for landowners who want to develop their land in the future.

Most of the landowners at the meeting Thursday night were unhappy with the decision saying they are unsure why the commissioners held a public hearing if they weren't going to listen to the public.

The issue of developing on land zoned as AFT or agricultrual, forestry, and transitional, is a battle which has been ongoing for five years. In 2000 the planning commission adopted a new land development code that only allowed for development of one to five units on five to 35-acres of land depending on how far the land is from the city.

Tonight the planning commissioners make an interim decision that will apply for the next year. At that time the Planning Commission will hold public hearings to determine if the new amendment was the best decision.

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