Urges Attendance At Meeting Regarding ADUs
To The Editor:
An important and rare joint study session between the Town Board of Trustees and the Estes Valley Planning Commission (EVPC) is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 p.m., at Town Hall. It is open to the public for observation, although the public cannot speak. The agenda is likely to include the issues of potential development code changes regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and the protection of valley wildlife with respect to development. The Town Board of Trustees will make the ultimate decision on these issues, and it is vital that the public be aware of progress or regress in this next step of the proceedings.
Regarding ADUs, the EVPC has been listening to extensive citizen input and has recommended removing “detached” units from consideration, requiring owner occupancy of one unit, and removing the consideration of using ADUs for rental properties at this time.
I thank the EVPC for their responsive and conscientious efforts, and I want to urge the Town Board of Trustees to take the public-supported EVPC recommendations regarding ADUs seriously. Additionally, the most recent draft for wildlife-related code changes from town staff removed provisions for a denial-of-development if proposed adverse-impact mitigation is inadequate, and I believe that is a mistake that needs to be corrected.