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The Chaffee County Planning Commission will go into session for its first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 9 beginning at 4:00 p.m. for a special executive session. This will be followed by a 4:30 work session and the 6:00 p.m. Regular meeting. (Note: this is contrary to the meeting date listed by The Mountain Mail in a story Tuesday morning).

The topic of the special executive session, is defined only as “for purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions surrounding a land use application.”

The regular meeting agenda is filled with four public hearings, beginning with the sketch plan for Mountain Shadows Major Subdivision 12500 CR 140 Salida. This is followed by a hearing on a zoning map amendment for Heart of the Rockies Camping, located at 16105 W. U.S. 50, Salida.

The Planning Commission’s third public hearing, continued from its Nov. 27 meeting, is for the Cozart Estates Major Subdivision preliminary and final plat. When the development came before the Planning Commission late last year, it generated much discussion about the slopes and drainage of the proposed subdivision, in the Weldon Creek drainage area. Planning Commissioners moved to continue this hearing to Jan. 9 to allow time for the applicant to obtain a revised drainage report addressing off-site flows and a slope stability report.

It’s important to note that one of the reasons for these requests appears to be that Chaffee County does not have a technical guidance document for storm water, which could be a factor in steep slopes.

The final public hearing scheduled will review the sketch plan for the Kalivoda rural open space incentive, continued from the Nov. 27 meeting. The proposed concept is located at 13850 CR 270, Nathrop. It would subdivide an 80.949 acre parcel into nine lots each with a minimum of two acres, leaving 50.443 acres of the total parcel in open space.

The Planning Commissioner’s 4:30 work session will focus on zoning changes to allow a retail center for medical and retail marijuana in the county’s industrial district and discussion of county water and sewer system amendments.