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The Cedaredge Planning Commission approved a town master plan amendment on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and forwarded the document to the town board for consideration.

The document includes a major new section describing Cedaredge's mechanical sewage treatment plant. According to discussion at last week's meeting the document also contains a number of minor corrections to the text.

The master plan was first adopted in 1999 and then amended in 2011, 2014, and last week.

Public comment was taken before the commission's approval. Cedaredge resident Larry Claxton asked how town officials intend to meet the plan's objective of "retaining the special, small town character" of Cedaredge if more and more people want to move there. "How will you control the growth if we want a small town as you say?" he asked.

The town has enough water supply currently for about 5,000 to 6,000 population, Claxton noted. That fact was confirmed by trustee Ray Hanson. Discussion turned to the use of a water tap moratorium as a means of controlling growth, a practice that Cedaredge and other area communities have employed in the past during drought.

Mayor Gene Welch said, "You can't stop [people] from coming. If they want to come, they'll come. Boulder tried to limit growth and that doesn't work."

Hanson added that water is an ongoing issue. The town of Paonia is looking for more water, he said. "Hotchkiss is okay, and Delta is in great shape" on water supply.

Town administrator Katie Sickles added that the town's water infrastructure needs work. Some 25 to 30 percent of water the town treats is lost through infrastructure leakage before it reaches customer water meters, she said.

The Cedaredge Town Board will take up the master plan document for consideration at an upcoming meeting.

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