Commission to map out area skyline rules

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Members of the Routt County Planning Commission and the Routt County Board of Commissioners took a county tour Friday to see how a new map will affect possible skyline regulations.

"There was one new building since our last visit," said Commissioner Ben Beall. "It was on a ridge that was definitely skylined."

The Routt County Commission also: corrected tax assessments for Dina and Tom Fisher and Craig and Deborah Metscher approved child care provider rates for Human Services programs; Children under 2 1/2 years is $31/day maximum; children over 2 1/2 years is $30/day maximum; Activity fees is $120/year maximum. authorized Human Services Director Bob White to sign all contracts related to licensed child care provider assistance deleted the pre-payment addendum on the Dept. of Human Services contracts with child care providers for the year 2001 authorized Sheriff's department to use Wal-Mart credit card

The tour was to test out a new map that outlines all the ridgelines in Routt County. The map lists how many miles potential homes could be seen from county and state roads.

The county commissioners hope to have a regulation soon that prohibits homes from being skylined.

A look at skyline regulations was prompted by complaints from residents, after several prominent homes were built on top of local ridges. The homes can be seen for miles by a good portion of the population and/or commuters.

Commissioner Beall said the new skyline map will serve as a tool in determining what can be defined as a "skylined" home.

For example, the new skyline map considers a home "skylined" if a driver can see it from 1/4 to 3 miles away. However, if it is only seen by drivers as they travel a quarter of a mile or less, then that particular building site could be exempt from any skyline regulations.

The planning commission will have public hearings on skyline homes this year before handing the board of commissioners a draft of the new skyline regulations.


To reach Frances Hohl call 871-4208

or e-mail fhohl@amigo.net

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