County approves Amy’s Courtyard for weddings, other events

A Palisade-area property owner who had been illegally hosting weddings and other events for years can now legally operate his business after Mesa County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to issue him a conditional-use permit.

The board attached a number of conditions to the permit for Amy’s Courtyard, 3575 G Road, to try to address concerns raised by neighbors.

The county in October issued a cease-and-desist order and request for voluntary compliance to Amy’s Courtyard owner John Barbier after he operated the business without obtaining the necessary permits from the county.

County code-enforcement officers had received complaints from neighbors for three years about weddings and parties at the six-acre property.

Barbier told commissioners that while he believes most of the complaints have come from a neighbor who unsuccessfully attempted to purchase the property from him, he wants to get along with nearby residents and isn’t opposed to a number of measures intended to reduce noise and other impacts.

Conditions tacked onto the permit include limiting the number of events to be held between May and October to 24, requiring music to end by 10 p.m. and events to end by 10:30 p.m. and mandating the construction of a six-foot fence on the east side of the property to provide a noise buffer.

Barbier also agreed to purchase a decibel monitor. “I want to be a good neighbor to everyone,” he said.

A few neighbors wrote emails and letters of opposition to the permit, but none showed up to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.

“The applicant has stated on the record he wants to be a good neighbor, and I think he will be,” Commissioner Craig Meis said.


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