City making updates

Old subdivision and zoning regulations to be revised

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The city of Craig is doing some house cleaning. In addition to plans to revise the city charter, officials are beginning the process of updating 20-year-old subdivision and zoning regulations.

The Craig Planning and Zoning Commission met Wednesday night to go over a draft of revisions, but Planning Department Director Dave Costa warned that the process is just beginning.

"We're just in the infancy," he said.

The revisions will cost the city $38,000 and a lot of time.

"There's a lot of reading to do," Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Jim Meineke said. "We're going to take our time and do it right."

Despite the time it will take and the cost it will incur, he thinks it's a necessary process.

"There's a lot of things wrong with the existing regulations," he said. "We really need to update them. This is 2005, not 1990. Things have changed, times have changed, uses have changed. We have to adapt to a different time."

Meineke said the city started revising the subdivision regulations about 10 years ago, but it stopped when the committee and the consultant couldn't see eye to eye on the project.

He expects better this time and said he already is impressed with the consultant's work.

Costa searched for a consultant for more than a year -- advertising twice to fill the position. He had worked with Katers and Associates in the past and contacted them to solicit their bid.

Katers and Associates, based in Loveland, also is working with Hayden to develop zoning, subdivision and other regulations. It is about 60 percent done with the work in Hayden, but as long as the firm is working on both projects, the towns are sharing transportation costs.

Costa thinks the changes will be welcomed by developers. He said the current regulations are confusing, ambiguous and often conflicting.

"We'll make them clear and understandable, as well as precise and accurate," he said.

He expects the subdivision regulations to be ready to present to City Council by Aug. 15.

"We're starting with subdivision regulations because we're seeing a lot of subdivisions," he said.

Changes to the zoning regulations are scheduled to be ready by Dec. 1.

Costa said he expects more community input about the zoning, as opposed to the subdivision regulation changes.

"There's a lot of nonconformity in existing zoning," he said.

For example, there are areas in Craig zoned light industrial that are occupied primarily by residences.

"It doesn't make any sense," Costa said. "Why don't we zone for the actual use?"

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