Urgent! All hands on deck. Posting this alarming notice per request.
On April 9, the Fremont Board of County Commissioners considered amending County Zoning Regulations to eliminate public meeting requirements for certain county government meetings. The amendment, if passed, would have severely limited the voice of citizens & voters whenever renewal of Conditional Use Permits (CUP) is being considered.
Why should you care? Because CUP regulate the operations of sawmills, recycling facilities, waste transfer stations, milling, and mining – including mining for gold or other minerals, and rock quarries. CUP concern compliance with matters involving general health, safety, and welfare of the impacted area(s). Silencing the voice of citizens and voters would leave important decisions that may deeply concern you, to the discretion of three County Commissioners. Amending zoning regulations as proposed would eliminate the opportunity for the public to comment, voice concerns, or get questions answered. Silencing the public, and cloaking meetings in secrecy is not representative government.
Fortunately, a group of concerned citizens spoke during the Public Hearing on April 9. Facing opposition to eliminating public meetings concerning CUP, Commissioners decided to postpone a final decision until April 23. They may hold a study session among themselves in the days between now and then, BUT on April 23, Commissioners can amend County Zoning Regulations to eliminate the need to hold public meetings for CUP renewal. Even though Commissioner Bell stated NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE ALLOWED on the matter at the April 23 meeting, you can still attend the meeting, and let your presence be known.
What can you do between now and April 23? If you believe in transparency and representative government call your Commissioner at 719-276-7410, or better yet, write your County Commissioners and tell them to retain the requirement for Public Meetings where CUP are concerned. Refer to FCZR 8.14.62. Remind them that they represent you. Remind them that you are a voter, and that you will remember their decision come reelection time.
Fremont County Commissioners | 615 Macon Ave., Room 105 | Cañon City, CO 81212
Dwayne McFall email@example.com
Debbie Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Payne email@example.com
380 Antero Drive
Cañon City, CO 81212