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May 10 & 17, 2011
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May is Older Americans Month
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May is Older Americans Month

At the May 10 Board of County Commissioners hearing, the commissioners passed a proclamation proclaiming May 2011 as Older Americans Month in Jefferson County.


Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans.  Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities.


The theme of this year's celebration, Older Americans: Connecting the Community, honors the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to our communities.


On Tuesday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jefferson County will hold the Summit on Aging at WaterStone Community Church, 5890 South Alkire Street, Littleton, where attendees can learn how the aging population will impact our work and our lives


For more information the summit, click here.


Commissioners Deny Rezoning 

In a 2-1 vote, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), at its May 17 hearing, denied a request to rezone a residential property, located east of the intersection of state Highway 74 and Independence Trail, from Mountain Residential-One (MR-1) to Planned Development (PD) to allow for the short-term renting of the existing house.


The house was purchased by its current owners in 2007 and sometime after they began to use it as a short-term rental in the Evergreen area.  Short-term rentals are those residences that are rented for less than 30 days.  This use is currently not permitted under the MR-1 zoning and in 2009, a zoning complaint was made that resulted in a violation being issued by the county to the owners.  Following the violation, the owners submitted a rezoning application and began community meetings.  However, they put the application on hold waiting for the county to create short-term rental regulations. 


In 2010, the BCC decided to deny the new regulations on short

-term rentals, which led the applicant to continue with the

rezoning application. 


The proposal was in conformance with several sections of the Comprehensive Master Plan and the Evergreen Area Community Plan.  However, county staff found that the proposal was not in conformance with the Housing, General Land Use, Economic Development, Air, Light, Odor and Noise, Transportation, and Recreation & Tourism sections of the Comprehensive Master Plan's policies pertaining to the requirements for a commercial type use outside of an Activity Center.  This along with a few other factors led staff to recommend denial. It was also unanimously recommended for denial by the Planning Commission at its meeting on April 27.


Short-term rental regulations are once again being considered and will be discussed at a future BCC hearing.  If regulations are approved, the owner can reapply in accordance to those rules and regulations. 

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Did you know Jefferson County records each County Commissioners Hearing for rebroadcast on its website?  You can also find recordings of other county meetings, videos of events and Jeffco's video program, Jefferson County Insights.  To learn more, visit the Jeffco Media-on-Demand site.