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County Commissioners to adopt land use plan

By RYAN SHERIDAN

Daily Press writer

More than a year has passed since the process began, and now after meetings, open houses and public tours, the land use plan draft is ready to become part of Moffat County’s management plans.

At Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Natural Resources Department Director Jeff Comstock will present for approval the draft of Chapter One of the Amended Land Use Plan. The public input process closed on July 27 after a series of open houses hosted in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur. The comments, ideas and suggestions were then processed into the draft.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the commissioner’s chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Because the issues and needs continually change, this plan will be an “everchanging document,” one that can be amended and adjusted even after the final draft has been approved, Comstock said.

Chapter One of the Land Use Plan focuses on public land use, management and issues, on both federal- and state-run lands. The plan is drafted with the intention of identifying and making recommendations on land-use issues that Moffat County has identified as relevant to federal and state land-management planning. This document is designed to protect the custom and culture of Moffat County.

Important parts of the custom and culture of this county are identified as agriculture, recreation and tourism, water, industry and intangible values.

Currently, 60.07 percent of Moffat County is under federal or state government management and control.

Another section of the plan concerning management of wilderness areas was released as a draft on Tuesday, and is now in the public comment process.

In other business, the commissioners will also:

Hear a report on the revised compensation plan for county employees from Administrative Services Director Debra Murray.

Discuss safety issues concerning the courts with Diana Myers.

Participate in budget workshops.