Town Ordinance amendments pass


PINEDALE – The Pinedale Town Council unanimously passed amendments to a pair of ordinances with final readings at its Jan. 11 meeting.

The first ordinance to be amended involved communications towers, antennas and poles. The amendments cleared up the language in certain sections in the ordinance to reflect recent rulings from the Federal Communications Commission.

Mayor Matt Murdock told the Roundup in November that the amendments were also meant to limit the number of towers in the vicinity.

The second amendment passed on third reading came from the ordinance on what was formerly called the Pinedale Tree and Park Board. The amendment approved on Jan. 11 changed the name to the Pinedale Park and Tree Board.

The new amendment also gave voting authority to the five members serving on the board and required that members of the board must be residents of Pinedale.

The council introduced two new amended ordinances at the Jan. 11 meeting. Both ordinances regulated the creation of new subdivisions in town and passed on first reading.

Murdock stressed that these amended ordinances were a “work in progress” with Abram Pearce, director of public works, Ed Wood, town attorney, and other town staff.

The first amended ordinance involved the fee structure for subdivisions. Murdock said the purpose of the amendments were to “clear up” the language so that there are “no discrepancies” in the fee process. The changes were also meant to encourage development while “protecting the community,” Murdock added.

Pearce explained that developers took a risk when they put down money for the initial fees to get the subdivision process rolling. He said that the amendments would minimize risk and guarantee “quality development” in the community.

The second set of proposed amendments came from an ordinance on filing requirements for subdivisions. Murdock said that these amendments involved cleaning up language to clarify sections in the ordinance.

The ordinances on subdivisions require two additional readings before the council. Murdock said that the council planned to delve deeper into the discussion on subdivision fee structures at the next meeting on Jan. 25.

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