Jul 3, 2013 4:59 PM by Maddie Garrett

Black Forest recovery meeting focusing on rebuilding

The Black Forest Long Range Recovery Planning Committee (LRRPC) Wednesday morning help the rebuilding process move forward. During Wednesday's meeting, Commissioner Dennis Hisey and the El Paso County Development Services Department revealed changes to development codes, only in the Black Forest burn area. The county is temporarily suspending some of those codes for the burned properties to make it easier for residents to begin rebuilding. These include temporary allowances for residents who are rebuilding to use mobile homes and RV's on their properties during reconstruction.

Some changes include no longer requiring residents to have a principal structure on their property before building an accessory building, as well as no more size limitations on accessory buildings.

While most of Black Forest does allow mobile homes, some zones do not. That rule has also been temporarily suspended for people impacted by the fire. If someone's home or a building was classified as a non-conforming structure before the fire, and is damaged greater than 50%, residents can still rebuild the same building on the same location.

The County is allowing these exceptions one year, and will revisit the issues at a later time to see if they should extend them.

The El Paso County Disaster Relief Center is also closing Wednesday, July 3, at 6:00pm. The County said more than 1,800 families have come by the center for one reason or another. While County leaders consider the center a huge success, it will no longer be open due to a dwindling number of visitors. However, the phone bank is still available for people to call if they have any questions about the recovery process: (719) 444-8301



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