The Eagle County and Roaring Fork Valley Regional planning commissions will continue their review of interim updates to the county’s land use regulations this week. The proposed amendments are focused on improving internal processes while clarifying expectations for customers; balancing public input procedures by increasing public notice; and bringing regulations into conformance with updated state and federal requirements. The changes are available for review at www.eaglecounty.us/Planning/Active_Land_Use_Applications.

The Eagle County Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. on July 10 in the Eagle County Room, 500 Broadway in Eagle. The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. on July 11 in the Mt. Sopris Room, 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel. Both meetings will include an opportunity for public comment. 

At the end of the hearings, it is anticipated both planning commissions will make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners on the proposed amendments. The commissioners are scheduled to hear the amendments on July 23.

All meetings will be aired live on Eagle County Government Television, found on channel 18 on both cable providers in the Eagle River Valley; as well as streamed live and archived for on demand viewing at www.ecgtv.com. 

A full land use regulation rewrite will begin soon. The focus will be to make the county’s regulations easier to understand; to incorporate best-practices for protecting the natural environment; and to incentivize important development opportunities for affordable housing, public health and mobility for residents.
The second Sayre Park Community Open House will be on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center. The draft master plan for Sayre Park improvements will be presented for community input. The landscape architecture team of Zehren and Associates will present an overview of the project process, findings, and recommendations at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
 
The park improvement scenario to be presented is the result of evaluating the condition and use of the park facilities and open spaces, gathering community input through interviews, public meetings, a community survey, and considering the options available at other parks in the City.  The recommended or “preferred option,” as developed by Zehren, will be presented to the community for further input and refinement before it is presented the Glenwood Springs City Council.
 
Many community members attended the first open house on May 30 and provided input on the future of Sayre Park. Common feedback from the meeting included: a desire for new programing elements, a better playground, nicer restrooms, better and safer access to the park, ADA accessibility throughout the park, and to make improvements in a cost-effective way.
 
Parks and Recreation Director Brian Smith stated, “The comments heard at the May community meeting, along with input from community stakeholders, have been essential for refining the plans from several options to a more focused direction for park improvements.”
 
Sayre Park is a 7.6 acre park along Grand Avenue is one of the City’s oldest public spaces and is popular for its multiple recreation options, large green space, and special event gatherings. A comprehensive review of Sayre Park was one of the action recommendations of the City’s “Parks and Recreation Master Plan” completed in 2006.
 
For additional information, please visit http://cogs.us/497/Sayre-Park or contact sayreparkplan@gmail.com.

Contractors will begin demolition of the Railroad Motorway building west of City Hall on July 11.
 
All steel and metal paneling that can be recycled will be recycled, however the “Freight Offices Railroad Motorway” and “Rio Grande” signs will be salvaged by the contractor and retained by the City.
 
During the 45-day project, a portion of the parking lot will be closed to the public.
 
The railroad building, which has been used for city storage, was damaged due to a water leak this winter. The removal of the structure will allow for future redevelopment of the site.