their thoughts on exactly what the Commercial Eastern Corridor (CEC) Zone will look like, and what properties it will include. There was a consensus among themselves that it should include properties on both sides of the highway, from around Highland Road, to as far west at Stone Canyon Drive, and possibly as far as the Black Bear Inn. Everyone was also in agreement that this area will be the “gateway” to Lyons, and as such, great caution should be taken to preserve the aesthetic look of the cliffs and open spaces, as well as developing walkway/path system along the riparian (river) areas. All the while, prioritizing the development of businesses that would add local jobs and sales tax revenues for the Town of Lyons, without jeopardizing the current downtown businesses. These guys definitely have got their work cut out for themselves!
During the whole process, which included comments from various members of the community and property owners who were in attendance, Town Planner Danna Ortiz and Administrator Victoria Simonsen were taking copious notes, and promised to get back to the PCDC with some zoning language by the end of the month. Without question, the high point of the evening was when Commissioner Russ Huff took everyone in the room for a “virtual tour” of the areas in question, by way of his laptop computer, a projector, and his GIS (Global Informational System) program. Very cool! Like being on a ride at the Epcot Theme Park in Florida. The program used Google Earth satellite photos, which could be zoomed in or out, and manipulated to show overhead views, or ground level views, plus it had all the property lines, with owners, acres, current zones, proposed zones, planning area boundaries, proposed planning area boundaries, current Boulder County/Town of Lyons IGA boundaries, and proposed IGA boundaries. An amazing resource that Huff has put together for the Town, and according to him, it will be available on the Town’s website. Kudos to Commissioner Huff!