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The Buena Vista (BV) Board of Trustees will hear updates on the Carbonate Street development and the Boys and Girls Club facility plan and will discuss possible changes to the town’s existing noise ordinance at their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The meeting will be held at 715 East Main Street in Buena Vista, as well as on Zoom

Carbonate Street Development

In addition to hearing a presentation from Fading West Development, the trustees will discuss the potential launch of a public input campaign focused on the development of the town-owned Carbonate Street parcels.

The campaign is intended to give adjacent neighbors and the wider community the chance to share ideas and concerns. The objectives: brainstorm with South Main on how the development will be designed, built, and connected; bring in the school district and other daycare providers to identify the most appropriate childcare space in the sketch plan; and work with the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to assess needs for commercial space at Carbonate Street to serve their needs and support the town’s economic growth.

Planning Director Joseph Teipel reports that there is more potential demand for commercial space than the current conceptual plans allow for, including the Buena Vista School District’s interest in moving their preschool to the project. 

Proposed noise ordinance changes

Staff is also seeking direction on code items that allow for the existing ordinances to be more enforceable and to accommodate business activity and music entertainment on private property. According to staff, the current code language is difficult to enforce and requires an officer to be on-site for an hour to determine whether a violation exists. Additionally, the 7:00 p.m. start for noise restrictions restricts commercial and residential activity. 

Code Enforcement Officer Grant Bryans will bring forward three proposed changes. The first would set a decibel benchmark for all zone districts from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., opening more time for activities and exemptions and setting a higher sound threshold.

The second would require that “no person shall engage in, or be responsible for, a course of conduct which is so loud that it materially interferes with or disrupts another individual in the conduct of activities at such individual’s home.” The third would prohibit “unreasonable noise” between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. There would be exceptions within each of the proposed changes.

Meeting packets, agendas, and information can be found on the town’s website. Meetings are open to the public and include a portion of the session for public comment. Those who register for public comment will have three minutes to speak on their subject, both online and virtually.