When the Buena Vista board of trustees meets next Tuesday evening, it will continue discussions on the 2020 budget that started last week and revisit earlier talks on amending town code related to camping.
Town administrator Philip Puckett said that he also may bring up a potential amendment to town code related to demolition of older buildings.
Since the board last discussed camping codes, code enforcement officer Grant Bryans has spoken with rafting companies based within town limits about how they use their property to address housing needs for their seasonal work forces, Puckett said.
In addition, the board will be looking at potentially adding requirements to special event camping on private property.
“We want to wrap in some language that will allow us to deal with any camping on private property,” Puckett said.
That could include stipulations about restrooms and trash, he said.
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.
Like each of the town meetings in the remainder of 2019, the board will also look over a new draft of the 2020 budget.