The Mesa County Board of Commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to rezone to a lower density nearly 37 acres north of South Camp Road for a small home-building project.
The rezoning calls for building fewer homes — 12 to 14 — on the site located along Monument Road north of South Camp Road.
The project also calls for leaving as open space about 20 acres, some or all of which could be protected from future development through a conservation easement.
It's because of that the vote to approve the rezoning passed on a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Scott McInnis casting the lone dissenting vote. McInnis said he was doing so because he generally opposes placing more land in conservation easements.
"About 20 to 25 percent of private land in this county has now been put into land trusts in perpetuity," McInnis said. "It's a permanent lock-in in perpetuity, of which I have strong objection to."
The vote the commissioners took dealt solely with rezoning, and not about any actual plans to build or conveying any of the land to open space.
Under the previous zoning, more than double the amount of homes could have been built, but the new zoning is more consistent with nearby subdivisions, Britt Dveris, senior planner with the county, told the commissioners.
In other matters, the commissioners delayed until July 30 a requested conditional use permit to open an animal care and boarding business on River Road near Fruita until the proponents of the business, Paradise Pet Ranch, can meet with area landowners to work out some of their concerns.
Part of those landowners' issues, however, center on a number of abandoned vehicles, including a few buses, that are on the property adjacent to where the ranch would be relocated. It's on property where the business currently is located.
The commissioners also approved a conditional use permit to allow a former manufacturing building to be converted into a storage facility for vehicles. It is located at 1776 K 6/10 Road near Fruita.