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Driggs P&Z recommends denial of the lumber salvage CUP

This was a continuation of Western Heritage’s CUP hearing to run a lumber salvage business out of the old Ford garage in Driggs. The P&Z reviewed the owner’s proposal to partially screen off his lumber stockpiles by constructing two large storage corrals along Highway 33, and other wooden screening structures around the 70×16 foot lumber racks on the north and south end of the property. Six letters in opposition were received into the record, and several members of the public testified against these screening proposals stating that they would be ineffective and unsightly.

P&Z expressed disappointment that at the previous hearing, the owner emphasized a willingness to work out a compromise, but the additional submittals supplied by the owner were vague and he did not attend the hearing to answer questions or provide any kind of clarification.  After considering the facts in the record, P&Z voted to recommend denial of this CUP application, stating that it was simply incompatible with the general neighborhood. Board member Rick Baldwin opposed the motion because he thought the proposed use was similar to some of the other conditional and permitted uses in the C3 zone.

Recommending denial of this CUP was a good decision because this lumberyard was incompatible with the community’s plan for this neighborhood. Decisions like this will attract businesses and entrepreneurs to Driggs because they will see that in this town, zoning regulations are predictably enforced and the comprehensive plan is supported by the decision makers.

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