Eagle County Commissioners end zone change moratorium | VailDaily.com

Eagle County Commissioners end zone change moratorium

Daily Staff Report

Nearly three months earlier than planned, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners voted to lift the county’s zone change moratorium today.

The original nine-month ban was scheduled to expire on July 5, 2006.

The Commissioners voted two to one last October to enact the moratorium and directed staff to update land use regulations and growth management systems; with the goals of protecting the environment, addressing workforce housing by promoting affordable housing and helping to foster a balanced economy.

Community Development staff has been working to accomplish those goals by moving forward with a variety of land use regulation amendments including transportation and access, sensitive land protection, water, landscaping and a more user friendly clustering provision.

The Board approved the new zone change criteria last month.

The updated zoning criteria will enable the county to better manage future rezoning activity by providing decision makers with a more modern set of guidelines to evaluate new development requests. The new regulations also give more specific information to developers and land owners on zone change standards.

In addition, the new rules allow changes in land use only in areas of the county that have the capacity to accommodate development, provides for a greater mix of uses where higher density is allowed and encourages development where services and infrastructure in available.

For more information contact Keith Montag, Community Development Director, at (970) 328-8733, or log on to http://www.eaglecounty.us.

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