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Rural Lands Study: 2006-2007 Residential Development

Rural LandsTechnical Committee Work

After receiving guidance from the Rural Lands Steering Committee in May, the Board of Supervisors appointed a Technical Committee to transform the Steering Committee’s broad  recommendations and concepts into the specific policies and ordinances that will change the rules for residential development in the Rural Lands.  The Technical Committee includes representatives from the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Steering Committee. 

These Committee members are Andy Bradshaw, Jim Icenhour, Jack Fraley, Mary Jones, and Rich Costello. In conducting its work with staff from the Planning Division and Renaissance Planning Group, the Technical Committee strove to balance three main objectives:

  • Respect property rights;
  • Reduce overall development potential and impact; and
  • Encourage development patterns that protect the character of the area.

The results of the Committee’s efforts are reflected in the “draft narrative ordinance” which describes in detail draft amendments to the A-1 (General Agriculture) and R-8 (Rural Residential) zoning districts.  Discussion of this document is the focus of the public forum. 

View additional information on the consultant, the Steering Committee and the Technical Committee. 

Public Forum

The Technical Committee will hold a public forum to explain how the proposed draft amendments affects community members, and to provide an early opportunity for feedback prior to the draft narrative ordinance being finalized.  Come learn how the proposed changes will affect the overall character of the community, growth, land and development patterns, and density.  The public forum will be held on Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall at 4301 New Town Ave.

Preview educational materials, to get directions, and to send comments.

Public Comments

Preview previous public comments. PDF

Next Steps

After the public forum, staff will post Frequently Asked Questions regarding the changes on this website. In addition, the Technical Committee will use the feedback in making final changes to the narrative ordinance. The narrative ordinance will then be converted into specific zoning ordinance amendments for the Planning Commission’s and Board of Supervisors’ approvals this spring.

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