On Monday, March 6, the county commissioners had first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow and regulate the use of off-highway vehicles on county roads.
Assistant county attorney John Baier told the commissioners the ordinance will be published in the DCI on March 15. The second reading will take place April 3, and if adopted at that time, the ordinance would become effective April 17.
Commissioners were told that copies of the ordinance are available to the public, and county administrator Robbie LeValley said it would be posted on the county website.
The proposed ordinance provides for rules, restrictions, violations, enforcement and penalties pertaining to use of the popular OHV vehicles on Delta County roads.
Text of the ordinance notes that county roads are already multi-use infrastructure accessed by travelers using foot, horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile and other motor vehicles.
"Authorizing the operation of OHVs on county roads in a safe and prudent manner supports the promotion of economic development within Delta County," states the ordinance.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.