Development code meeting Wednesday

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Making good on their promise, city of Craig officials plan to host a second meeting to discuss land use codes.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The land use code, which governs municipal planning and zoning requirements, came under scrutiny after a local builder said he moved what would have been a commercial office park development at the Country Mall site to the county's jurisdiction.

Lop Behrman, owner of Behrman Construction, said he opted instead to build an industrial office park off First Street because the city's curb, gutter and sidewalk requirements - coupled with access constraints from the Colorado Department of Transportation - were going to increase his building costs by $250,000.

After questions arose at Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board meetings, councilor Gene Bilodeau organized a Sept. 9 public meeting, which was designed to inform residents and business owners about the city's codes and to ask questions.

Several audience members, including former mayor Dave DeRose, criticized certain aspects of the land use code and how city staff enforces local regulations during the meeting.

Afterward, Bilodeau said he would organize a second meeting for residents to bring forward specific comments, complaints or suggestions.

"The goal of this meeting will be to give community members the opportunity to ask specific questions they would like to have the city of Craig address as they relate to the land use code," Bilodeau wrote in an e-mail. "This will set the stage for the city to look at its codes and consider potential updates or modifications."

He added no final decisions on code changes will be made Wednesday.

Officials plan to give each resident five minutes to speak. Those who plan to speak also are asked to write out their statement or question to give to city staff.

Anyone who wishes to submit a question in advance may do so by filling out the comment card on the city's homepage at www.ci.craig.co.us.

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