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Jun 28

Humo de incendios forestales en el Condado de Summit County 6-28-2018

Posted to Blog de Emergencia (en español) by Erin Opsahl

PUBLICACIÓN IMPRESA
Humo de incendios forestales en el Condado de Summit County 
No se espera que el humo de nivel leve a moderado sea una preocupación significativa para la salud
Contactos:
Dan Hendershott, Gerente de Salud Ambiental: 970-668-4073
Amy Wineland, Directora de Salud Pública: 970-668-9195

CONDADO DE SUMMIT - debido a la actividad de incendios forestales en los condados de Grand/Clear Creek, el humo está presente. El condado de Summit actualmente está experimentando niveles de humo leves a moderados que no se espera que sean un problema de salud significativo. Las densidades de humo pueden aumentar durante la noche dependiendo de la actividad del fuego y el clima.
 
Si el humo de los incendios forestales causa que la visibilidad sea de menos de 5 millas en su vecindario, los niveles de humo no son saludables. Las referencias de visibilidad de 5 millas son las siguientes:
• Si se encuentra en el centro de Dillon o Frisco y no puede ver la montaña Buffalo
• Si se encuentra en Breckenridge y no puede ver las cimas de las montañas por encima del área de esquí

Si el humo se vuelve denso, en su vecindario, quizas desee permanecer adentro. Esto es especialmente cierto para las personas con enfermedades del corazón, enfermedades respiratorias, los muy jóvenes, los ancianos y las mujeres embarazadas. Para mitigar la exposición al humo, los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que los residentes y visitantes, especialmente las personas de alto riesgo, tomen las siguientes precauciones:
• Limite las actividades al aire libre y permanezca adentro con las ventanas y puertas cerradas.
• Considere la posibilidad de reubicarse temporalmente si hay humo en el interior de su vivienda y lo está enfermando.
• Beba muchos líquidos para mantener sus membranas respiratorias húmedas.
• Reduzca su actividad física para disminuir la inhalación de contaminantes transportados por el aire.
• Si desarrolla síntomas sugestivos de problemas pulmonares o cardíacos, incluyendo dolor o rigidez en el pecho, dificultad para respirar o fatiga extrema, consulte a un proveedor médico lo antes posible.
 
Para obtener más información, comuníquese al 970 668-9730. La información de calidad del aire a nivel estatal está disponible en el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado en www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.

Sep 28

STR Process Update: County Commissioners' Public Hearing Oct. 23; changes to proposed regulations

Posted to Short Term Rentals Blog by Dorothy Martinez

Thank you to everyone who attended the September 17 Countywide Planning Commission public hearing and/or submitted written comments to share your feedback on the draft STR regulations for unincorporated Summit County.  In response to extensive community input, the Countywide Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation that the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approve the proposed regulations with several recommended modifications:

1. The original draft included a requirement for a local managing agent.  The Planning Commission has recommended the County change the managing agent requirement to ‘responsible agent’ instead of ‘local agent,’ with a three strike policy for non-responsiveness, after which the owner would need to get a local agent in order to retain their STR permit. The responsible agent is a contact person responsible for responding to all issues within 60 minutes, 24/7, either by phone, text or in-person, with no requirement that this contact person be located within Summit County or within 30 minutes driving distance of the STR property.  
2. The original draft included occupancy limits of 2 persons per bedroom plus two additional occupants.  The Planning Commission has recommended the County amend the proposed occupancy limits to allow two persons per bedroom plus two additional occupants, or one person per 300 sq. ft., whichever is more. Also, the Planning Commission recommended a loft should be recognized as an additional sleeping room allowing 2 occupants, provided the loft complies with relevant sleeping room building code safety standards.  
3. The Planning Commission recommended establishing a Class 2 administrative conditional use permit (CUP) process for the County to review requests for: a. Additional occupancy that is greater than the occupancy limits specified in the STR regulations based on the number of bedrooms or unit square footage.
b. Any proposed STR unit that is 6,000 sq. ft. or greater, and/or any STR unit proposing an occupancy of 20 people or more.
4. The original draft proposed parking requirements of 1 parking space per bedroom, with a minimum of 2 parking spaces required for all units.  The Planning Commission has recommended the County revise the proposed parking standards to require a minimum of 1 parking space per unit up to a maximum of 5 outdoor parking spaces. Also, require the number of available on-site parking spaces to be included in the advertising, and require STR owners/managers to align the numberof allowed vehicles with the number of parking spaces as advertised and available on-site. Allow requests for additional outdoor parking spaces to be reviewed through a Class 2 administrative conditional use permit (CUP).    
5. The original draft included a 2-year permit revocation period during which no new STR permit applications could be approved for a STR property.  The Planning Commission recommended the County modify the permit revocation provisions to allow a new property owner to be eligible to apply for a new STR permit, in situations where there is a legitimate sale of the property to a buyer unaffiliated with the previous owner whose permit was revoked.
6. The Planning Commission has recommended that notification to the neighboring property owners should be provided, to inform the neighbors of the STR permit and the protocol to report any issues or concerns.  

In response to significant input from the Keystone and Copper Mountain resort communities, the County is also taking a hard look at potential options to provide more distinction for the differing characteristics of STRs within the resort areas. Alternative occupancy provisions appropriate for resort area properties is a particular area of focus, and work is underway to evaluate potential options that could best work within Summit County’s resort communities.  We appreciate the thoughtful and well documented input from our resort area residents, property owners and managers and are taking this into consideration as we work to refine the draft regulations for BOCC review.  

BOCC Public Hearing:  The BOCC will review the draft regulations at a public hearing on Tuesday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge, located at 616 Recreation Way in Frisco. Please note the change to the BOCC’s regular meeting location due to early voting at the County Courthouse. At the October 23 meeting, the BOCC will review the draft STR regulations and the suggested changes recommended by the Countywide Planning Commission, and hear public testimony. This meeting will include a public hearing, during which members of the public are invited to provide comment.

The current draft of the proposed STR regulations can be found on the Summit County website at www.summitcountyco.gov/STR.  Please note that the current draft does not reflect the revisions that have been recommended by the Countywide Planning Commission. These recommended revisions will be made if they are supported by the BOCC. Please look for a future blog update with a link to view the October 23 meeting materials online, once the materials are finalized and posted to the County website.  


 




Jun 28

Summit County Board of County Commissioners Adopt Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Posted to Summit County Emergency Blog by Erin Opsahl

Summit County Board of County Commissioners Adopt Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Additional restrictions placed on open fires

Contacts:
Scott Vargo, Summit County Manager: 970-485-1880
Erin Opsahl, Summit County Sheriff's Office: 970-423-8901

SUMMIT COUNTY – A resolution imposing Stage 2 level fire restrictions was enacted today by the Summit County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the request of the Summit County Sheriff Jaime Fitzsimons and with the concurrence of local fire districts.

The BOCC first adopted Stage 1 level fire restrictions on June 12, 2018.  The resolution adopted today places additional restrictions on open fires within Summit County due to the increasingly dangerous fire conditions, extremely dry forest conditions and the existence of wildfires regionally, including neighboring Grand County and Park County.

The Stage 2 level restrictions adopted by the BOCC regulate “open burning” as follows:

The term “open burning” means any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, explosives, fireworks, and any other activity that poses a significant risk of starting a fire.  In addition, the following activities are expressly prohibited to the extent not otherwise prohibited above:  
i. Disposing of any burning object outdoors, including without limitation cigarettes, marijuana, cigars or matches.
ii. Selling fireworks.
iii. Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrester, 5 gallons of water, a 2A10BC classified dry chemical fire extinguisher and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The fire extinguisher will be immediately accessible to the equipment operator. The water and shovel may be kept with fueling supplies but readily available for use.
iv. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame outdoors.
v. Inflating or propelling hot air balloons.
vi. Smoking is prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or building.

EXEMPTIONS.  The term “open burning” does not include fires in:
i. Liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, grills or lanterns that include shut-off valves, which are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable materials such as grasses or pine needles.
ii. Fireplaces contained within buildings.    
In addition to the Stage 2 level restrictions the Summit County Public Shooting Range has also been closed indefinitely.

"Summit County residents are keenly aware of our considerable wildfire risks and increased restrictions are necessary to reduce that risk within our community," County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said.

The full text of the approved Resolution 2018-39 is available here