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Planning Commission to Consider Adoption of Master Plan Update

A multi-year effort by members of the Fremont County Planning Commission to update the Fremont County Master Plan could reach a conclusion this week.   The Planning Commission will consider formal adoption of the updated Fremont County Master Plan at their July 7th monthly meeting.    The process to review the Master Plan dates back more than five years and got started when Dean Sandoval still chaired the Commission.   It was a process that was done in-house through a series of Planning Commission workshops as opposed to hiring the services of an outside consultant.    The rewrite was performed by County Planner Marshall Butler with the Planning Commission inviting public comment on the project along the way.   A draft copy of the Master Plan that the Commission will consider for adoption can be reviewed on the county’s web site at, and then by searching the menu under the Planning and Zoning Department.

The Planning Commission on Tuesday will also consider a Commercial Development Plan for the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Center, a new tourist attraction proposed at the top of eight mile hill west of Cañon City.   Zach Reynolds of Reynolds Construction is proposing the dinosaur attraction to be located on 36 acres on the north side of US Highway 50, 1,000 feet east of the junction of Highway 50 and County Road 3A.  The development plan calls for dinosaur exhibits, climbing attractions, and retail sales.

The only other agenda item for the Planning Commission is consideration of a zone change for Jamie Kelly and Craig Scheer for a parcel of property on the east side of Copper Gulch Road in the Colorado Acres subdivision.   Kelly and Scheer are seeking a zone change from Business Zone District to Agricultural Estates Zoning in order to allow for future construction of a residence.

The Planning Commission meets at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7th, in the Commissioners’ meeting room on the lower level of the Fremont County Administration Building.