Cari Hermacinski: Citizen-initiated change
Last week the Routt County commissioners unanimously approved a liberalization of the existing land use regulations to allow more property owners within the county to enjoy the benefits of secondary units on their property.
The liberalization of the old regulation has many benefits including additional affordable and attainable housing, extra income for property owners, support of the tiny home movement and allowing family members to age in place. This common sense support of private property rights and clustered development is supported by our master plan.
The new regulations strike a balance by requiring secondary units meet certain minimum requirements including a maximum size and proof of water and waste water capacity.
The commissioners were prompted to take a look at the old secondary unit regulations well over a year ago when Routt County citizen Cedar Beauregard attended a meeting and suggested that the commissioners allow for more secondary units to help address affordable housing.
After Mr. Beauregard got the proverbial ball rolling, we held many public meetings and received a lot of citizen input. In my opinion, this entire process was a good example of how citizens can have a real and tremendous impact on good governance at the local level.
I want to thank Mr. Beauregard for suggesting the common sense, simple change ultimately enacted by the commissioners and for all of the citizens who participated in the process.
Board of Routt County Commissioners chair
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