DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND
308 Byers Ave ? P.O. Box 239 ? Hot Sulphur Springs ? Colorado ? 80451
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CERTIFICATE OF RECOMMENDATION
TO: Grand County Board of County Commissioners
FROM: Department of Planning and Zoning
DATE: July 8, 2008
RE: Grand Lake Log Homes, Inc. Special Use Permit Renewal
APPLICANT: James E. Hobbs, Grand Lake Log Homes, Inc.
LOCATION: Tract 67, Great Divide Head Lettuce Colony Subdivision, SW1/4
NW1/4, Section 33, Township 2 North, Range 76 West of the 6th P.M.
ZONING: Forestry and Open (F)
CODE: Grand County Zoning Regulations and Grand County Master Plan
EXHIBITS: Letter of Application, Resolution No. 2005-7-5, and site map
CONTACT: Brandon Smith
REQUEST: The applicant is requesting approval to renew the Grand Lake Log
Homes, Inc. Special Use Permit that allows a log peeling facility and
log home construction business.
The Applicant is requesting a renewal of their current Special Use Permit that allows for the base
operation of Grand Lake Log Homes, Inc. located on Tract 67, Great Divide Head Lettuce
Colony. The Applicant currently operates under a Special Use Permit to run a log peeling facility
and log home construction business pursuant to Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
Resolution No. 2005-7-5. This Special Use Permit was initially granted a five (5) year permit
period by Resolution No. 1973-6-6 and this permit has been renewed for consecutive five (5)
year periods by Resolution Nos. 1978-3-2, 1983-5-12, 1988-6-14, 1993-5-13, 1998-7-6, and
2003-7-11. The Applicant received an amendment to their Special Use Permit by Resolution No.
2005-7-5, which had twenty (20) conditions including but not limited to a change in site location,
adding a crane, and requiring a Storm Water Management Permit.
This business has been in operation at the present location for the past three (3) years with no
complaints to the planning department. Public notification has been made in the Thursday, June
5th Middle Park Times, as well as to all property owners within 500’ of the subject property for
the request to renew this Special Use Permit. Staff has not received any public comment in
conjunction with this request.
The Permittee’s are the owners of the property where the business is located, are currently in
good standing with the County, and no additional impacts are proposed with this request.
Therefore, it is Staff’s opinion that it is reasonable to grant a ten (10) year extension of this
Special Use Permit, expiring on July 8, 2018.
COMPLIANCE/NONCOMPLIANCE WITH GRAND COUNTY MASTER
This use would continue to support the goals and objectives of the Grand County Master Plan.
Specifically, this business aids in developing a stable year-round economic base within the
County. With this in mind, Staff feels the proposed amendment is in compliance with the Master
COMPLIANCE/NONCOMPLIANCE WITH GRAND COUNTY ZONING
This property is located within the Forestry and Open Zone District as designated on the official
Grand County Zoning Maps. It is Staff’s opinion that this log peeling and log home construction
business continues to be in compliance with Section 6.1(6) of the Grand County Zoning
In order to clarify and keep the language up to date in the Special Use Permit, staff recommends
multiple minor changes to the conditions. The proposed changes are below in bold:
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C. Drainage Plan: Permittee shall continue to implement improvements recommended by the engineered drainage plan to mitigate off-site impacts from this
operation. on or before November 1, 2005 and shall notify the Grand County
Department of Planning and Zoning immediately when said improvements are
completed. The Grand County Department of Planning and Zoning shall inspect
said improvements within ten (10) days of being notified of completion by the
D. Stormwater Management Permit: Permittee shall obtain a Stormwater Management
Permit from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on or before
November 1, 2005 and shall comply with requirements of that permit. The Grand County
Department of Planning and Zoning shall inspect improvements required by this Permit
on or before November 1, 2005.
This entire section should be removed because the disturbance to the site from
construction of the facility has already been completed. The Applicant did apply
and received a Colorado Discharge Permit, which expired on June 30, 2007.
F. Septic System: Any septic system installed on the property shall comply with current Grand County regulations and shall be monitored annually by a licensed inspector. A
copy of Grand County Septic System Installation Guidelines is attached hereto as Exhibit
B and incorporated hereto by reference.
This entire section should be removed since the Applicant does not, nor do they plan
to have a septic system installed at this site. Sanitation for employees is provided by
one (1) portable toilet.
G. Well Permit: Permittee shall obtain a well permit, as required by the State Engineer, for this operation on or before November 1, 2005.
Staff is recommending this section be removed. The business does not require a well
nor did the State Engineer require the Applicant to obtain a well permit. The only
need for water at this business is for drinking and this is taken care of by having the
employees bring their own drinking water.
J. Truck Traffic: Truck traffic to the permitted site is limited to a maximum of twenty (20) round trips (round trips defined as one ingress to the site and one egress
from the site) per month. Trucks shall use the route designated by the Town of
Granby, i.e., Grand County Road 608, Garnet Street and Fourth Street, as access to
and from U. S. Highway 40. Trucks shall strictly obey all posted speed limits.
Permittee shall submit quarterly reports of trip logs to the Grand County
Department of Planning and Zoning.
K. Road Damage: During the term of this Permit, if any damage or injury is caused to County Road 608, Garnet Avenue or Fourth Street, said roads being the
public right-of-way over which materials will be transported to and from the Permit
area, then and in that event, the County shall give written notice to the Permittee
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specifying the damage which is being caused by Permittee’s operation. Within ten (10) days after such written notice, which shall be deemed to have been furnished at
the time of mailing to Permittee at his address shown on this Permit, Permittee shall
correct his operation to eliminate such damage and at his expense, repair the
damage alleged to have been caused to the road. If Permittee denies responsibility
for the damage alleged to have been caused by his operation, then and in that event,
Permittee shall furnish written notice to the Board of County Commissioners of his
denial of liability within the ten (10) day period provided for herein. Within twenty
(20) days after receiving said written notice of denial of liability, the Board of
County Commissioners shall hold a hearing and after hearing evidence regarding
the alleged damage the responsibility of Permittee for such damage, make findings
regarding Permittee’s liability or non-liability. If Permittee is found responsible for
injury to the road, he shall so be advised in writing, as provided for above, and shall
have ten (10) days in which to comply with the decision of the Board of County
Commissioners. Failure to comply with these provisions by the Permittee shall
automatically result in the termination of this Permit and Permittee shall
immediately cease operation. This provision and the question of injury to Roads
shall be reviewed one (1) year from the date of this Permit by the parties hereto.
L. Storage of Junk and Abandoned Property: Neither Permittee nor his licensees
shall be allowed, under any circumstances, to use the permit area for purposes of
storing junk materials, such as abandoned cars or trucks or other equipment which
is not capable of operation or any other equipment or materials which are not used
in the operation contemplated by this Permit within a period of six (6) months.
Permittee is specifically prohibited from using the permit area as a storage yard for
junked equipment or materials, but in no way is it intended that this prohibition
shall interfere with Permittee’s stockpiling of materials necessary or used in the
business operations. which have been extracted from the permit site. Materials which have not been extracted from the site may not be stockpiled on the permit
area unless they are used for the purposes of reclamation within a period of six (6) months after being deposited on the site.
Q. Structure: Earthen tone colors and materials shall be used on the exterior of
any structure built on the site, including but not limited to facades, roofs, doors and
S. Parking: Permittee shall provide six (6) designated parking spaces for employees on