Outdoor recreation businesses to be allowed in town limits

By Marshall Dunham
Staff Writer

In a regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Town of Pagosa Springs Town Council voted to amend the Land Use Development Code (LUDC), which would allow outdoor recreation businesses in the mixed-use corridor (MU-C) district.

The council voted to amend the LUDC after receiving a recommendation from the town’s planning commission, which discussed the matter for nearly half an hour.

At the planning commission meeting, which took place on Nov. 24, Town Planning Director James Dickhoff presented information to the planning commissioners regarding what exactly defines an outdoor recreation business, as well as advice on how to proceed.

Two different businesses have requested the allowance of general outdoor recreation businesses, with projects already in mind.

One of the projects would be a paintball arena located at 322 Harman Park Drive, with the proponents being Bob Hart and Art Dillione.

The other project would be a go-cart track located at 368 Harman Park Drive, with the proponents being Timothy Yochum and David Merrell, who currently own a go-cart track in Fort Worth, Texas.

The projects would be located within the town’s MU-C district.

According to agenda documentation for the planning commission meeting, “The MU-C district is intended to allow for the vertical or horizontal mixing of uses including some high-density residential, along major highways. Commercial uses are appropriate, including retail, offices, hotels, and tourism-related businesses.”

Currently, the only two outdoor recreation businesses in Pagosa Springs are miniature golf courses.

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This story was posted on December 3, 2015.