Oak Creek again tackles land-use code

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Read more about Oak Creek Town Board's update of the land-use code here: "Oak Creek on home stretch to approve updated land-use code"

At its biweekly meeting tonight, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider a second reading of the town’s updated land-use code as well as review a request for a mineral lease near Oak Creek Reservoir.

The board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall, when it officially could adopt the updated code.

According to consultant Susan Corser, who worked on revamping the code, the major change will be transferring to a “performance zoning” format. Previously, the code allowed any use in any part of town but included provisions for mitigating impacts. Now, the code is a hybrid, zoning certain areas for single-family homes, retail, light industrial use and mixed use. Each district has a list of what uses are allowed, conditional or prohibited.

The code also includes a “rudimentary” architectural review component and basic design standards as well as a pre-application work session with Oak Creek Planning Commission for potential builders.

The code would take effect 30 days after its adoption, Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

The board also will consider a resolution on electric rates. A utilities study done in 2008 recommended that the town increase its electric rates incrementally for four or five years after that to keep up with rising maintenance and equipment costs.

The town raised electric rates in 2009 and 2010 and is scheduled to decide at tonight’s meeting whether to continue the annual rate increase for 2011.

In addition, the board will consider a letter sent by Hunter Land Services, in which the energy company requested to lease rights to the minerals under the ground near Oak Creek Reservoir. The company is looking for permission to possibly bring in equipment to drill on the land for subsurface.

Also during the meeting, Sarah Boyle and Kevin McGarity will give a presentation about Global Youth Service Day and look for input on projects for this year’s student service day in April.

Historical society expands

Renee Johnson, president of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, will request from the Town Board a waiver of water and sewer charges on a property the group recently bought.

The building, at 130 E. Main St. in Oak Creek, is across the street from the Tracks and Trails Museum.

“The back end of the garage we will probably use for storage,” Johnson said. “We’re not sure what all the front will be used for. We’d like it to be a place of activities.”

The building served as a gas station when it was built in the 1930s. Johnson said the society hopes to dig up the station’s original name and restore it to the front of the building and possibly turn it into a visitor center.

She said that they had looked at buying the building for several years but that the price was right when they closed on it March 1 for $60,000. They bought the property from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

“We can use the extra space,” Johnson said. “You know how museums are.”

She said the building would require work.

“We still have to do some renovation. We’re probably a good year to year-and-a-half out. But it’s an exciting move for us.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 3 years, 9 months ago

Well, the OC Electricity Enterprise does not charge for electrical service to: Town Hall, Decker Park, Ice Rink, street lamps, water dept, town shop buildings, or the historical society for old town hall.

YVEA charges cities over $200 a year per light depending up the light's wattage. Thus, free service for street lamps that are charged to other cities is at least $15,000 a year. Free service for the various buildings is at least another $15,000 a year.

So if electric dept was being operated as a business instead of a charity fund benefiting the Oak Creek Town government and actually charged for service to all customers then there would be no need for a rate increase.

Likewise, try to find another water and sewer utility that gives away free service to the local government and whatever local charity.

There is a reason the utility rates are high in Oak Creek. The Town Government uses the utilities to bury costs that belong in the General Fund. Charitable contributions belong as grants from the general fund, not compromising the utility enterprises by giving away free services.

But this is Oak Creek where the water utility lacks the money to read existing water meters, though they have the resources to give away water service.

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kathy foos 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow,an oil facility near the water supply?Sounds great.At least make them have a berm big enough to handle the overflow if it explodes,the last one in the neighborhood that exploded and killed local teens didnt have the proper berm size and the Hunt Creek was jeopardized.Make them sign and fence off the things, so that no ones kids get blown up like mine did in 2007,See CSB(Chemical Safety Bureau) video"No place to Hang out" about teens dying in unsigned ,unfenced ,oil tanks.I drink WELL water in Phippsburg,and Im having it tested now and if after any gas fracking I am able to light my water ,Im going to sue for damages.Oklahoma had over 700 earthquakes last year after they started the fracking.New York and Penn. have polluted water that has joined the streams with salt and radioactive polluting them.Craig has uranium and it could work that way for them,radioactive water)has anyone checked that here?I live on hunt Creek,any chance of this supernasty toxic mix comming my way on top or underground.?

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max huppert 3 years, 9 months ago

they test our water in OC, we always get the letter that it can harm you. raise rates and lets see if there needs to be a revolution in this country. the people are sick of this..

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greenwash 3 years, 9 months ago

KUDOS to Oak creek Historic Society ...Very cool purchase !

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