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Dillon buildings could get 10 feet higher

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DILLON – The Dillon Town Council will get its first look tonight at a proposed town code change that will allow buildings to rise to 50 feet as opposed to the current 40 feet.The town of Dillon’s planning and zoning commission has recommended that the town council approve the increase. At a public hearing last Wednesday night, only one person spoke out against the code change, arguing that an extra 10 feet could affect the view from town.The commission believes the height change will spur development and redevelopment in the town’s struggling downtown core.”A lot of developers are telling us, to make projects economically feasible, they need a little more height,” said town planner Matt Thompson.The commission decided the benefits outweighed the negative aspects and went ahead with its recommendation, Thompson said.He said the commission is also trying to look down the road to the future, especially concerning the prime location of the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) building. CMC has expressed interest in developing a consolidated campus in Frisco, which would vacate Dillon’s building.At that point, one option for the town would be to “scrape the building off” and start from scratch and the town wants the land to be as attractive to developers as possible.If the council chooses to move forward with the code change, another public hearing will be held in February. The proposed increase was spurred by the plans to remodel the Dillon Centre, which houses the town’s bowling alley and several other businesses.The developer, Denver-based DCB construction, asked to exceed the current height limit by four feet.Even if the council does not approve the code change, it can allow DCB a variance for its project, which will add 40 townhomes above the businesses.

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