Board may adopt land code

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For several months, Hayden Planning Commission members have lugged around a new companion: A thick binder filled with rules about everything including trails, trees, historic preservation and gas drilling.

The Planning Commission has been working to revamp the town's outdated, unclear and hard-to-reference land-use code.

The proposed new code is one step away from becoming the commission's main decision-making tool.

On Thursday, the Hayden Town Board will consider adopting the 13-page code.

If the growth facing Hayden is any indication, members will put the code to use right away.

This year, the commission already has wrangled with two large residential subdivisions, an industrial park and a sketch plan for a townhome project.

The proposed new code fills many holes left open by the current code and also changes some planning review procedures, allowing the Town Board to provide more input about proposed developments earlier in the process.

Also Thursday, the Town Board will consider signing a resolution supporting referendums C and D. Referendum C would ease state spending limits for five years by allowing the state to keep revenues that otherwise would be returned to taxpayers.

Referendum D would dedicate some of that money to road projects, school infrastructure and pensions for firefighters and police officers.

Town Board members spoke favorably about the proposals at their last meeting.

The board also will consider a resolution supporting medical marijuana, proposed in early September by Hayden resident Don Nord, a registered medical marijuana user. Accompanying Nord was Mike Kien, a member of the Oak Creek Town Board, which approved the resolution this summer.

In 2003, Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officers confiscated 2 ounces of marijuana, several marijuana plants and marijuana growing supplies from Nord's home.

His effort to get the marijuana back eventually went to U.S. District Court. The case was thrown out earlier this summer after a U.S. Supreme Court decision that federal authorities can prosecute medical marijuana users.

In 2000, Colorado voters approved an amendment allowing medicinal use of marijuana. Nord is among more than 650 registered users.

The Town Board opted to wait to vote on the resolution to allow more time for Hayden residents to share their opinions, but the board did not vote on the measure at its Sept. 15 meeting because of a lack of feedback.

Trustee Ken Gibbon said at the meeting that he took the lack of comments to mean residents weren't concerned about the resolution or that they were in favor of it.

Mayor Chuck Grobe said that he wasn't sure the town should support the resolution because Hayden voted down the state medical marijuana amendment in 2000.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall.

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