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Town Meeting To Be Held On Development Code Proposal

The Estes Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss potential changes to the Estes Valley Development Code as it pertains to accessory dwelling units (for example, mother-in-law apartments or guest cabins) on Tuesday September 16, 2008. (Note: this is a correction to the date that was published in the recent Town Bugle). The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Public comment on the proposed changes will be taken at this meeting.

Changes to the regulations governing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are proposed for several reasons, among them: multiple requests from homeowners and changing population demographics. These changes would allow ADUs in most residential areas in order to provide flexibility for homeowners. For example, the changes would allow “mother-in-law” apartments, caretaker quarters, guest suites, and housing for employees. A three-month lease would be required for rentals; no short-term “vacation rentals” would be allowed. Design standards would apply.

A draft of the contemplated changes to the Code language is available at http://www.estesnet.com/ComDev/EVDCChanges.aspx or from the Town of Estes Park Community Development Department, room 210, Town Hall.

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