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The Chaffee Board of County Commissioners begins their regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 with a public hearing regarding renewal of the Homestake Water Project 1041 permit for 37200 North U.S. Hwy 24.

The application includes rehabilitation of an existing 66-inch raw water intake pipeline for the Homestake Water Project, which automatically triggers Chaffee County Guidelines and Regulations for Areas and Activities of State Interest.

Chaffee County Commissioners in a photo taken prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facemasks are now required in all indoor spaces per an order by Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

Of particular interest for the meeting is the twice-postponed public hearing of an appeal for the Preliminary Plat of the Larks Perch Major Subdivision Preliminary Plan, proposed by the 9479 Hutchinson LLC (c/o Integrity Trust CO. ). It was rejected by the Chaffee Planning Commission earlier this year due to safety concerns over the steep slopes and the multiple drainages in the area, through which large debris flows have historically occurred.

The public hearing for the Larks Perch appeal has been postponed at least twice, most recently in July, when the BoCC was still holding only virtual meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19. At that time the representative Tracy Vandaveer asked for a postponement until an in-person appeal could be made

The proposed project is to divide 36.87 acres zoned rural, into 13 lots with the minimum lot size being 2.01 acres.

Commissioners will also hold a review of ground leases proposed for the Salida Airport and consider a resolution adopting a new airport overlay plan of the Salida Airport.

An important agenda item is a discussion of the Multi-jurisdictional Housing Authority (MJHA) agreement with the City of Salida, the Town of Buena Vista, and the Town of Poncha Springs. Development of an MJHA is considered a priority agenda item, transferring the actions being taken currently by the Office of Housing into an independent housing authority with the mission of increasing affordable housing in the county and the Arkansas River Valley.

Also on the agenda is consideration of two other land use proposals, including:

  • A resolution approving the Valley Business Park Major Subdivision, Phase 2 Preliminary Plan/Final Plat
  • Consideration of the North Fork Ranches Major Subdivision Preliminary Plan. Applicant THS Investments, LLC proposes to subdivide 149.93 acres into 17 lots with the minimum being 5.00 acres.