Ever since we can remember, people in this town have been using gravel on their property. It helps keep the dust down and isn’t as harsh-looking as paving over part of your land with concrete.
The amount of your lot which the Town allows you to pave is limited. However, the town historically treated gravel areas as being unpaved. These areas didn’t count at all in figuring out how much of the lot had been paved. This makes sense. Gravel isn’t impervious, like concrete. And, in a rural community, such as ours, with barns, pens, arenas and outbuildings, it is absolutely necessary to be able use your property without being knee deep in mud. Suddenly, in July 2002, the Planning Director decided to change the policy.
Without any action by the Town Council or even Planning Commission, she decided to count gravel against the paving limits. It could be as many as 40% of lots in Town that are now “non-conforming” under Town policy and are unaware of it. How did we hear about it? Well, you hear a lot when you hang around in the fields all day.
This change will severely limit what many folks will be able to build on their properties since the gravel will be counted against their allowable “paved” area. Our beef here at COW is that this doesn’t seem right. Let us know if you’ve had trouble because of this change in policy.
NO BULL: Below, you can check out a letter from the town about the new rules. Also, here are the minutes from the Planning Commission meeting that changed the rules and the Report that was given by staff.