Dillon Marina construction in parks space, as allowed by code, officials say
While the new aquatic nuisance species inspection area is being constructed partially in parks and open space zoning, it’s allowed by town code, town engineer Dan Burroughs said.
The language under parks and open space zoning in the code states that both marina and recreational use are acceptable applications of the space.
“Since the boat launch cannot operate without inspections for aquatic nuisance species such as the invasive zebra muscle, this is an accessory use that is absolutely allowed and necessary for the protection of the reservoir environment,” Burroughs said.
Marina Drive was already on parks and open space zoning; the new inspection area and street will be partially on Lodgepole Street right-of-way and partially on parks and open space, Burroughs said.
Topsoil will be added in a few weeks, and the town will be re-seeding with native grasses, which is what there was before, Burroughs said.
The Crow’s Nest was demolished to make way for the new inspection area; its replacement is not currently budgeted.
The town is also building a half-mile multi-use pathway between Point Dillon and the Lodgepole cul-de-sac, which should be finished and paved by November.
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