1971:    Mountain protection efforts began with the adoption of the County’s first Comprehensive Plan that described the mountains as “conservation areas.”  The provisions of the proposed Mountain Overlay District are based on concerns described in that Plan and successive Comprehensive Plans.


1980:    Steps were taken to protect mountains through regulation when the Rural Areas zoning district and the critical slopes provisions were adopted.  The critical slopes provision currently requires a “building site” (minimum 30,00 square feet less than 25% slope, critical slopes, for the location of the dwelling and septic system).  Driveways are not regulated on critical slopes.


1992:    The Open Space and Critical Resources Plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors as part of the Comprehensive Plan, recommended a mountain protection ordinance and first defined mountains by contour elevations.


1995:    The Board of Supervisors appointed a twelve member Mountain Protection Committee to study mountain protection measures and to make a recommendation regarding an ordinance.


1996:    The Committee’s final report, the Proposed Mountain Protection Plan dated August 1, 1996, recommended that the Board adopt an ordinance to protect water quality, reservoir capacity, soil conservation, forest resources, plant and animal habitat, and scenic values with their associated impact to the economy, tourism, and public safety.  The Board of Supervisors received the report on September 4, 1996, and directed the Planning Commission to hold sessions on a proposed ordinance as recommended by the Committee.  The Planning Commission held three sessions that fall, leading to the resolution of intent adopted on October 15, 1996.  Staff was directed to prepare ordinance language. 



1998:    Following work sessions and a final public hearing, the Planning Commission recommended approval unanimously (6-0) of all three amendments (Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA 98-01, Zoning Text Amendment ZTA 98-05, Zoning Map Amendment ZMA 98-10).


1998:    The Board approved The Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Mountain Protection Plan). The Zoning Text Amendment and the Zoning Map Amendment were tabled; thus, action on these amendments was deferred.


2002:    The Board of Supervisors determined that they would reconsider the Zoning Text Amendment, as revised by the Board in 1998, and the Zoning Map Amendment. 


2003:    Open House Informational Meetings held.


2003:    The Board of Supervisors determined that a new Committee should be appointed to consider the proposed Ordinance when the Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan work was further along.  The Board appointed a twelve-member Mountain Overlay District Committee and one liaison from the Board of Supervisors.



2006:    Mountain Overlay District Committee met over two years before arriving at a consensus on a proposal to protect mountain resources.  The Committee arrived at consensus only after long, arduous debates, and extensive research that included visits from outside experts.   They strived to achieve a balance between individual property rights, retaining property values, and protecting finite natural resources.


2006:    May 10, the MOD Committee presented its proposal to the Board

            August 1 and 3, Public Input meetings held at Burley Elementary School

September 13, the Board held a work session to further discuss the MOD proposal

December 13, the Board held a work session to discuss the MOD proposal and directed staff to return with information pertaining to expanding the MOD proposal into the RA.


2007:    January 10, the Board generally indicated that it would not approve establishing a Mountain Overlay District, but instead it wanted additional information regarding provisions in the MOD proposal that could be utilized in the entire RA; provisions for a policy change for requiring an E &S Plan instead of an Agreement was directed to be placed on a future agenda.

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