Gilpin regulators are seeking public input as they work to modernize what they believe to be an outdated zoning ordinance.
Supervisor Charles Stull launched the first of two online public surveys on Tuesday.
Residents are encouraged to fill out the survey, which is available until October 7th.
The online survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.com/r/GilpinZoning.
Residents without Internet access may pick up paper copies of the survey at the community building at 589 Route 66.
“The goal is to get residents and business owners involved in the creation of the new regulation and let their input guide us as we develop it,” Stull said.
In April, regulators commissioned Mackin Engineering to overhaul the community’s decades-old building codes.
The project will cost about $39,000.
A project steering committee will incorporate input from the survey throughout the year-long project.
Committee members are Supervisor Charles Stull; Beth McDonald, Zone Hearing Board Member; Planning Commission Member Donna Rentler; Zoning Officer Sharon Long; and Police Chief and Emergency Manager Coordinator Chris Fabec.
Gilpin’s current zoning statutes were approved in 1985. They include designations for conservation, agriculture, residential (R-1 and R-2), commercial and industrial.
The municipal administration would like more commercial space.
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The current zone map for Gilpin.
Stull estimated that the community is 40% agricultural, 30% residential, 10% commercial, 10% conservation, and 10% industrial.
Gilpin was settled in 1814 and incorporated in 1878.
The community has a zoning plan and zoning laws that determine where certain types of buildings and businesses are allowed.
Supervisor Linda Alworth said the community needs to prioritize attracting more people to the area.
“We need to get more people into the community and the only way to do that is for them to have a reason to come here,” Alworth said. “We were too old-fashioned. We need some excitement.”
Stull noted that new business growth in the community has been stagnant since a Dollar General opened in 2014.
“Our business district hasn’t seen growth in the last 10 years,” Stull said. “The current project steering committee’s plans are to extend our business district to the other end of the township, including the entire Route 66 corridor.”
Stull said potential expanded zoning ordinances to expand the community’s business corridor will not affect the community’s rural characteristics.
“We can still maintain our rural appeal,” Stull said. “But we need to build a better tax base to be less of a handicap to our residents. We don’t want to have to raise taxes too often.”
A public meeting to discuss the new zoning ordinance is expected to take place in November.