The Town of Lyons Planning & Community Development Commission (PCDC) will be doing (1.) a development review of the proposed hotel on Main Street, and (2.) a development review of a request to change the use of some of the property owned by Planet Bluegrass for camping (on the Apple Valley Road property) — on Monday, January 24, 2022. The Agenda will be posted online on Thursday, January 20, 2022; and the plans will be in the agenda packet given to PCDC members, and posted at the end of this week. Everyone from the public is welcome to join the zoom meeting to give feedback, or submit their comments by email.
==Go to their Town web page for a list of members, and a link to their meetings, Agenda, and more.
==Zoom link January 24, 7 p.m. =
See the Agenda for more information, if you have trouble connecting.
==Or, try this Zoom link.
The next step is to send it to the Board of Trustees for two readings: the first one is Monday, February 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm, via a virtual meeting, a public hearing before the Board of Trustees.
It is welcome and encouraged that both PRO and CON comments be given – silence can mean complacency
Below are explanations of the rules of order for PCDC & BOT meetings
COVID-19 Virtual Meetings
Due to COVID-19, Board of Trustees and Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) Meetings will be held remotely as a ‘virtual’ Town Hall, via an online platform. Members of the public may watch or listen in to live meetings via the instructions below (the public cannot speak).
To watch the live meetings via Zoom, open the meeting’s packet, and follow the instructions in the header.
Next Step, Board of Trustee Review
The PCDC recommendation will then go to the Board of Trustee (BOT) for final approval. They will have two meetings on the subject, at which time, they will also give the public a chance to give feedback before any final decision is made.
How to send in your email comments:
“The BOT implemented a quasi-judicial policy to have a unified policy for addressing ex-party communication.” This means that the BOT and PCDC have the same rules for allowing for public comment.
Under the policy the correct course of action is to have emails sent to the Town Clerk for inclusion in the public record. The clerk assembles them and sends them to the BOT and PCDC as one package prior to the meeting. Emails can be submitted right up until the time the meeting starts at 7 p.m., and while it will be too late to get into the prepared packets, they will be read out loud, thereby, putting them into the Minutes. Delores Vasquez is the town clerk. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Those people attending in person:
Anyone who attends the PCDC meeting is invited to speak during audience business for three minutes. This is always the case. No one is ever denied an opportunity to speak. Once everyone has had a chance to speak, audience business will be closed and no more comments from the audience will be allowed. The audience business time is for anyone to talk about any subject. If it’s about the development review ordinance, they will have to wait until that review is on the table.
If the PCDC /or/ BOT is voting on an ordinance, the chair will ask if anyone in the audience would like to speak about that particular ordinance. They are given 3 minutes to speak. Then after everyone has had a chance, audience business will be closed. The PCDC /or/ BOT will not respond to the audience while they are speaking. The PCDC will listen to all the comments and take them into consideration as they discuss the development review and vote on a decision.
When more than one Ordinance:
At the Monday BOT meeting, and at the Monday 1/24/22 PCDC meeting, there was/is more than one Ordinance being addressed. — Therefore: the audience will be asked to only speak about the development that is on the table. If someone wants to speak about both developments, they will have to wait for the first one to be finalized and the second one started.
…………this information is based on communication with Town Clerk Delores Vasquez and PCDC co-chair Jocelyn Farrell.
NOTE: We recommend that you bookmark this page, or print a copy, in case there is ever another Ordinance or subject that you would like to speak to Boards/Commissions on during Audience time in the future.
Planet Bluegrass – additional camping rights
Zach Tucker announced that he is the Planet Bluegrass person in charge of spearheading the requested changes to the Annexation Contract for the Planet Bluegrass property located between Highway 36 and Apple Valley Road. He states, “We are not changing our zoning to something new, we are seeking to update what is allowed in our existing zoning.” They are proposing opening up some additional land for campers, based on their studies of their needs over the past two years.
Tucker states: (1.) There will be no vehicle access from Apple Valley Rd., and no vehicles allowed in that portion of campground. All campers will park on the main Farm Property. There should be no increase in vehicle impacts on either property as a result of this change. (2.) Camping on this side of the river would only be allowed in conjunction with our “Major Events” (Rockygrass/Folks Fest), of which we are only allowed 12 “event days” per year. (3.) We will be carefully marking off any wetlands to protect them.
Most of the comments on Facebook addressed the problem of how they would meet building codes and “fence” off vehicles and people from using Apple Valley Road, and restricting the wetlands.
Moss Rock development/plans for new hotel
See our report, based on the Open House by the owners of the property, and interviews of them, along with the Town of Lyons Planner answering questions presented by us.
December 2, 2021 – ARTICLE – parking spaces, structure, historic value, occupancy, and more
December 16, 2021 – ARTICLE – Town codes, plans, construction
Both have renderings/drawings of the proposed exterior of the building, and the streets and parking spaces surrounding it.