Commissioners take bypass property discussion off table |

Commissioners take bypass property discussion off table

Tyler Baskfield

— The truck bypass north of Craig may have made things easier for truckers, but it has complicated the job of the Moffat County Planning and Zoning Board.

The board has invited the Moffat County Board of Commissioners and the public to tour property abutting the Craig northwest bypass. The purpose of the tour is to help gather input on how the property should be rezoned.

According to Judith Orton of the Moffat County Planning and Zoning Department, the Planning and Zoning Board requested the help of Moffat County commissioners to decide how to rezone the land. Commissioners have asked the Craig City Council to be involved with the rezoning decision because the sections of the property are within the urban development boundary. Commissioners have invited members of the City Council to come on the tour.

Anyone wanting to go on the tour is asked to meet at the Moffat County Courthouse Annex between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The property has raised controversy since the truck bypass was constructed in 1982. Most of the land being examined Tuesday was originally zoned as agriculture, but because of its proximity to the bypass it is no longer considered usable for this purpose.

Holmes Shefstead and his brother, Guy Shefstead, own some of the land along the bypass that is under question. Holmes Shefstead believes it is in the best interest of the county for the property to be rezoned as commercial.

“Basically what we want to do is to identify the land,” said Shefstead. “We figured commercial has some uses that would work better for that property. Once we identify the property, then we can decide what type of uses under that classification will work the best.”


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