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Commissioners to review proposed zoning updates

Posted on 04/02/2019
Commissioners to review proposed zoning updates

Following a unanimous recommendation from the Planning Commission, proposed changes to almost all of the county zoning regulations listed in chapter 23 of the Weld County Code will be reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners at upcoming board meetings during the three readings of ordinance 2019-02.

The updates involve each of the county’s 14 zoning districts, but they focus heavily on identifying the types of facilities, activities, and uses that belong in the agricultural zone — one that encompasses nearly 99 percent of land in unincorporated Weld County.

“With our growth over the years, land-use has certainly evolved, and we need to balance that growth with Weld County’s strong agricultural heritage,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “We’ve consistently been a leader in agricultural production, and these updates will help to preserve our agricultural roots while providing a framework for handling growth over the next 30 to 50 years.”

The first reading of the proposed changes will occur at the BOCC meeting held Monday, April 29 at 9 a.m. The second reading is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m. and the final reading is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to review the changes and provide public comment at these meetings.

The proposed changes will affect land in unincorporated Weld County only. Some of the changes include: restricting certain commercial and industrial uses from occurring in the ag zone, especially in subdivisions, while promoting more agriculture related uses; changing whether a use is allowed in the ag zone based on whether property is located in a subdivision or historic townsite; and shifting the permitting process for many ag related uses from a Use by Special Review (USR) to a more administrative process facilitated by the Department of Planning Services. To review the proposed changes, visit https://www.weldgov.com/departments/planning_and_zoning/long-range_planning.

In addition to providing public comment at BOCC meetings, comments can be submitted in writing to Jim Flesher, Weld County Long Range Planner, at jflesher@weldgov.com or they can also be mailed to him at 1555 North 17th Ave. Greeley, CO. 80631. Comments for the commissioners can be emailed to Esther Gesick, Clerk to the Board, at egesick@weldgov.com or mailed to her at 1150 O St. Greeley, CO. 80631.

Opportunities for public comment:

BOCC Meetings - First reading: Monday, April 29 at 9 a.m. Second reading: Monday, June 10 at 9 a.m. (tentative) Third reading: Wednesday, July 10 at 9 a.m. (tentative) - All meetings will be held in the Hearing Room of the Weld County Administration Building, located at 1150 O Street in Greeley.

Comments can also be submitted in writing to Jim Flesher, Weld County Long Range Planner, at jflesher@weldgov.com or they can be mailed to him at 1555 North 17th Ave. Greeley, CO. 80631. Comments for the commissioners can be emailed to Esther Gesick, Clerk to the Board, at egesick@weldgov.com or mailed to her at 1150 O St. Greeley, CO. 80631.