Testimony should address one or more of the 6 criteria (listed below) on which the Planning Commission must make their decision. One way to do this is to describe, based on their own experience, the ways the eco-resort “will alter the character of the surrounding area in a manner that substantially impairs, limits or prevents” your use – this addresses criteria 4. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss or would like suggestions for testimony (John.Harland3@gmail.com)
The developer now has a land use attorney helping him. Recent emails between the developer and the county (Email Chain) indicate the developer may be looking at alternative ways to develop the land (the email file is large and will require time to download). In the emails he mentioned bee keeping or Christmas tree farming. However, in preparing written and oral testimony we should address his current proposal. It may be necessary to have some flexibility in what we say atthe meeting, depending on what he presents. If he makes a major change to his original proposal, this would require him to re-apply and the review process start again
The criteria upon which the Planning commission must make their decision are:
SECTION 6.040: REVIEW CRITERIA
Any CONDITIONAL USE authorized according to this Article shall be subject to the following criteria, where applicable:
- The use is listed as a CONDITIONAL USE in the underlying zone, or in an applicable overlying zone.
- The use is consistent with the applicable goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan.
- The parcel is suitable for the proposed use considering its size, shape, location, topography, existence of improvements and natural features.
- The proposed use will not alter the character of the surrounding area in a manner which substantially limits, impairs or prevents the use of surrounding properties for the permitted uses listed in the underlying zone.
- The proposed use will not have detrimental effect on existing solar energy systems, wind energy conversion systems or wind mills.
- The proposed use is timely, considering the adequacy of public facilities and services existing or planned for the area affected by the use.