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Tenets of the Tundra: Panel starts work on regulations
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Posted on September 29 2011, 3:04pm by Mark Esper in Local News category

A shed built in 2008 stands on the alpine tundra above Animas Forks. It’s owner has sued the county after the county this summer denied him permission to build a 4,800 square foot home on the mining claim.

The San Juan Regional Planning Commission this week began discussions on how to manage and regulate development proposals in the county’s high-alpine regions with a call for public input.
And the commissioners got an earful from local residents on the issue, along with a half dozen written comments submitted.
Planning Commission Chairman Fritz Klinke emphasized that any county rules for high-alpine development must be defensible in court, and that an outright ban is not on the table.
“This has to have some underpinning to it. You don’t want to write rules and regulations based on raw emotion,” Klinke said. 

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