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Morrison kickstarts process of extending commercial district

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By Deborah Swearingen

Morrison officially kickstarted a process that could amend the town’s comprehensive plan and extend the commercial zone district.

The town board on July 3 unanimously approved a motion to spend approximately $7,022 on the comprehensive plan amendment project, which includes costs for community outreach and adoption.

“It will be a whole public process — public meetings, public outreach,” Town Manager Kara Winters told the board.

The comprehensive plan was adopted in 2008 and includes amendments through 2015. The 62-page document outlines a vision for the town and divides it into three planning areas: the east planning area in the Rooney Valley, the central planning area in Old Town Morrison and the south planning area in the Morrison Valley. It sets goals for each planning area and looks into goals, policies and strategies for economic and commercial development, public improvements, water resources and more.

Inquiries sparked decision

Inquiries into property north of town sparked the decision to take a look at the comprehensive plan and potentially rezone the town’s commercial district to include 401 Mount Vernon Ave., and 3153 Highway 93, which are currently zoned low-density residential and agricultural. Because Mayor Sean Forey’s property is included in this area, he recused himself from the discussion and subsequent vote.

The process, which the town aims to complete by August, would include a community workshop and multiple public hearings. If the amendment is approved, Town Attorney Gerald Dahl would draft a new zoning ordinance as well as a resolution to amendment the comprehensive plan.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.