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    Shape Jeffco's Future

    Jefferson County has several elected officials and dedicated employees, but did you know that it also has lots of volunteers who contribute to the decisions that shape Jeffco? The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) appoints more than 300 volunteers to boards and commissions that oversee things from liquor licensing to preservation of open space.

    One of the most critical boards is the Planning Commission. This board is responsible for reviewing a wide variety of land use cases and making recommendations to the BCC.

    "The Planning Commission works in conjunction with staff from Planning and Zoning to thoroughly review land use cases before making recommendations or final decisions on applications. These are the folks who drive out to the sites, hear public testimony, which can last for hours, put emotions aside and then make recommendations and decisions that are best for the county," said Planning and Zoning Director John Wolforth.

    It also reviews and adopts updates to the county's Comprehensive Master Plan. This plan is very important to Jeffco and provides guidelines to both the county and citizens when it comes to making land use decisions. It is comprised of several smaller sub area plans, such as the South Plains Area Plan, which outlines land use recommendations for a large portion of South Jeffco.

    The Planning Commission meets the first, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and its public hearings begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.

    Commission members are compensated $20 per meeting and $20 per field trip when visiting the case sites. It is comprised of seven voting members who serve three-year terms and two associate members who serve one-year terms.

    So does this sound like what you want you would like to get involved in? If so, go online today to apply.

    March 19, 2013

    Last Updated: 2-21-2014