It’s finally time to move in. Chaffee County has issued Alison Brown a certificate of occupancy for her new home at 22600 Antelope Road. The county had refused to issue a CO on the home, which was completed and first inspected in December 2017, because it had determined that Brown was responsible for land use code violations and chose to use that to deny the CO.
Planning Manager Jon Roorda did the inspection May 10 after a ruling the day prior was handed down on a court case brought by Chaffee County Commissioners and involving Brown. According to the county, this cleared the way for it to issue the CO. The injunction ordered Brown not to participate in what it called “guiding services” until she applies for and obtains an outfitting permit.
Brown had authorized the inspection April 18, at the time writing that “PACFA has now classified my kennels as a sanctuary, due to the number of retired hounds that I am caring for. I am not providing any ‘guiding services,’ I am not staging any hunting from my property, and I am not operating any outfitting facilities on my property.
“The Board of Review gave instructions that your inspection was to identify any specific issues relating to the outfitting facilities that you claim I am operating on my property.”
The day the court finally issued their ruling, Brown sent a note to County Commissioner Keith Baker saying she still awaited Roorda’s inspection report on “what outfitting facilities are in violation of the land use code on my property.”
On Friday, Roorda confirmed that Development Director Dan Swallow would issue the CO the week of May 13 but declined to comment further.
“Basically, the issues preventing the CO from being issued by the county have been removed,” said Brown’s attorney Michael Scott, who said that the county initiated the inspection after the May 9 ruling.
Brown had earlier removed all her American foxhounds from the property pending a district court decision on a charge by Chaffee County. The case will decide whether two parcels Brown owns are legally to be considered as one parcel, which will determine how many dogs she can house.
The county’s denial of a certificate of occupancy the week before Christmas 2017 left Brown with no place to live.