County asks city to share planner |

County asks city to share planner

Councilors not interested

Even Craig City Councilors think the county needs a full-time planner, but they don’t think they’re in a position to help pay for it.

“It might be a good time for you, but it’s a poor time for us,” Mayor Don Jones said.

The Craig City Council and Moffat County commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss the potential for a joint planning position.

The county’s planning position was reduced from full time, to part time during budget cuts and from part time to no time when the director resigned in March.

With an increasing number of subdivision requests and the spread of oil and gas development, the county desperately needs a planning person, Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

“With our planner quitting, the opportunity is there for us to look at different options,” he said.

He suggested that the city and county chip in to pay a person who worked part time for each.

The problem with that, Jones said, is that the city has no need for even a part-time planner. He also said the county needs more than a part-time planner.

“I really feel that you guys need a full-time planner to get you back on your feet and going in the right direction,” Jones said.

Councilor Tom Gilchrist suggested the commissioners consider hiring a consultant to get started and then perhaps a part-time planner.

The county’s concern, Steele said, was having someone maintain regular office hours so that residents can get their questions answered.

What the county will do to fulfill its planning needs was not decided, but the two groups did decide to get the ball rolling on a joint planning that will handle planning issues in the urban development boundary — the points surrounding the city limits that officials have targeted for potential growth.

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