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Buena Vista’s new town logo was approved in 2016.

When the Buena Vista board of trustees meet next Tuesday evening, they’ll resume discussions about how to use a number of town-owned parcels of land, of how to amend town code to address camping on private property as well as continue reviewing the 2020 draft budget.

The board brought in Chaffee County Office of Housing director Becky Gray to discuss what to do with about 40 acres of property across 8 lots around town in September. At that meeting, Gray divided the properties into two categories based on how much existing infrastructure they already had, and thus how much work would need to be done to them to get them ready to build on.

In September, Gray discussed the properties that were ready to build on. This coming Tuesday, she’ll give the board an overview of the lots with little to no infrastructure.

“Do we do something in the short term, or do we leverage our short term to do something bigger in the long term,” said town administrator Phillip Puckett.

Code enforcement officer Grant Bryans is on the agenda for the third time to discuss amending town code to make regulations regarding various types of camping in town.

The board has talked about transient camping, seasonal camping used to house the workforce of summertime industries like rafting outfitters, and on Tuesday they’ll discuss camping on private property, as in situations wherea homeowner invites a friend or relative to park their RV on their lawn.

The board is also scheduled to hear an update from school resource officer Megan DiGirolamo on how that partnership between the town and the Buena Vista school district has progressed since the two entities entered into the SRO program last year.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of amending town code to add flexibility to the town’s policy regarding demolition of historic structures.

Section 19-14 of the town’s municipal code outlines a procedure for determining if a non-designated building is historic before demolition.

If a property owner requests a permit to demolish a building that is older than 50 years but does not have a historic designation (a qualification that applies to most of the buildings on Main Street), then town staff begins to determine if the structure may be eligible for historic designation.

Their recommendation would be sent to the historic preservation commission, which may request a stay of 60 days to further investigate whether the structure is historic.

Puckett sees that, as the town grows, requests to demolish non-designated buildings may come forward more and more frequently, so he wants the board to look into how the code might be made more clear and flexible to the town, the HPC and the applicants seeking demolition permits.

For example, as written “there’s no in-between” in how long of a stay the HPC can request – just 60 days. No more, no less.

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