Proposed changes to LDC spur petition by residents

Proposed changes to Gunnison’s land-use regulations that could pave the way for a proposed boutique hotel on Main Street have come under fire. Concerned citizens filled City Council chambers this past Tuesday for a public hearing on modifications to the city’s Land Development Code (LDC).

Elizabeth and Don Smith attended a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last month to discuss potential plans for the hotel on Main, within the B-1 zone district. The Smiths cited changes under consideration for the LDC as the primary driver behind their envisioned project.

The changes would allow for bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels or motels to be approved as a conditional use in the Central Business District and B-1 zones. Additionally, greater building height within the B-1 zone — another proposed change — would be conducive to the Smiths’ plans.

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