In this article, we will discuss the highlights of the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meeting, specifically focusing on the discussion of land use regulations and the proposals for 449 San Juan Street. The meeting was held on April 5, 2022, and covered various important topics.
Land Use Regulations Discussion
The meeting began with a reminder for the commissioners to turn off their cell phones. Then, the Chairman called upon the public to approach the podium and speak for a maximum of three minutes. It was announced that there would be a discussion on land use regulations later in the meeting, and the Chairman recommended that the public wait until that time to provide their comments. This decision was made to streamline the process and ensure a higher resolution on the topic.
Additionally, the Chairman mentioned that the Marijuana Regulations requested some changes, and the discussion would likely be postponed until May 3rd, 2022. The Chairman informed the public that if they had any comments related to the marijuana regulations, they could share them when the item is brought back for discussion on May 3rd.
449 San Juan Street Proposals
After addressing the land use regulations, the Chairman introduced a discussion on the 449 San Juan Street proposals. A member of the public, Bill Hudson, expressed his thoughts on a business proposal by Julian Taylor, a local businessman, regarding the use of publicly owned property for workforce housing. The proposal included a five-year deep restriction on the property to prevent short-term rentals. Hudson raised concerns about the long-term implications of such a restriction, as it would limit the potential benefits for the taxpayers.
Hudson also mentioned conversations between Taylor and former Commissioner Michael Whiting regarding a specific style of housing. When Commissioner Brown asked about the cost of the homes, Taylor was uncertain about the prices. However, he mentioned that they would be priced under $400,000. This proposal sparked the interest of the commissioners, prompting Hudson to question whether it would be wise to give away public property without ensuring long-term benefits for the taxpayers.
Hudson proposed alternative approaches, such as leasing the property instead of giving it away. He expressed his willingness to discuss these ideas further with the commissioners. It was noted that the proposed housing style involved containers, and while there were uncertainties about the approval by the local property owners’ association, further discussions were encouraged.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation
Another important proclamation made during the meeting was for April to be declared as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Archuleta County. Ashley Wilson, representing an organization called Rise Above Violence, addressed the board and requested a proclamation to raise awareness about sexual assault. Wilson highlighted the alarming statistics related to sexual assault in the United States, emphasizing the need to support survivors and victims. The board graciously accepted this request and pledged their support for the cause.
National Library Week Proclamation
Additionally, the board acknowledged National Library Week and recognized the importance of libraries in fostering a sense of connection, building communities, and providing access to resources. They commended the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library for its commitment to inclusivity and equity, as well as its efforts to adapt and meet the evolving needs of the community. The board proclaimed April 3rd to 9th, 2022 as National Library Week in Archuleta County.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Proclamation
Furthermore, the board recognized the crucial role of public safety telecommunicators in responding to emergencies and aiding in the apprehension of criminals, patient treatment, and fire suppression. They declared the week of April 10th to April 16th, 2022 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Archuleta County to honor the dedication and professionalism of these essential workers.
In conclusion, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners addressed important topics such as land use regulations, the 449 San Juan Street proposals, sexual assault awareness, and the appreciation for libraries and public safety telecommunicators. These discussions and proclamations demonstrate the board’s commitment to serving and supporting the community.