Eagle County’s building ban idea a concern | SummitDaily.com

Eagle County’s building ban idea a concern

SCOTT N. MILLEReagle county correspondent

EAGLE COUNTY – Mark Beagley is conflicted.On one hand, Beagley, the owner of Superior Drywall in Eagle, is worried about what might happen to his business if Eagle County imposes a temporary ban on building new subdivisions.But as a lifelong resident, he thinks it might be time for at least some sort of break in the once again feverish pace of building in the county.”I think it would affect all of us,” Beagley said. “But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”The Eagle County Commissioners will start debating a possible ban on new subdivisions Oct. 4. Commissioner Peter Runyon, perhaps the leading proponent of the ban, calls it a “necessary” break while the county revises its land-use regulations.”The key is that we need to review all our land-use policies,” Runyon said. “Everyone needs to know what the rules are. It’s a matter of fairness to everyone concerned.”Given that the construction and real estate businesses make up a large part of the local economy, Runyon expects more than one hearing will be held before the commissioners vote on the ban.”Clearly we need to have public input,” he said, adding that “nothing is a foregone conclusion.”Business owners have said that if a building ban would come, they would be forced to layoff some of their employees.

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