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Dolores plans open house on proposed land use code changes

The land use code for Dolores has gone through a two-year revision process and is in the final phases prior to approval. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)
Revisions have been ongoing since 2019; draft available on town website

This week, the town of Dolores will host two open house presentations on the proposed land use code revision.

The sessions will be held in person Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dolores Town Hall and virtually on Zoom.

An overview and discussion of the proposed changes to the land use code will be presented by town staff and planning consultant Elizabeth Garvin, said Town Manager Ken Charles.

There will be opportunity to ask questions, and refreshments will be served.

The draft land use code is available on the town’s website, and there is a PowerPoint summarizing many of the code changes. The draft is separated into 15 sections so that readers can review the sections they are interested in.

In addition to the open houses, public hearings will be held about the draft before it is considered by the Town Board. Public comment also may be submitted to town staff or through a form on the town website.

The planning commission will present the plan on its Jan. 11 meeting at 6:30 p.m. The plan then goes to a first reading and public hearing before the Town Board on Jan. 24. A second public hearing is set for the Town Board’s Feb. 14 meeting, then it will face a vote.

“Kudos to the planning department for all of their hard work on this. It is a living document, and the plan is to review it year to year,” Charles said.

The code revision began in 2019 and included more than 50 public meetings. Regulations of marijuana and short-term rental businesses have garnered the most interest.