Group takes aim at permit process and fees
A meeting of a group dedicated to reinvigorating the economy of the Divide by stimulating more construction work is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Coloma and the public is invited.
Ron Wolsfeld is the leader of the group along with Ellsworth Rose, Pastor Jay McCarl of the Calvary Chapel on the Georgetown Divide, President of the Divide Chamber of Commerce Ken Calhoon, and Pastor David Torres of the Garden Valley Chapel.
Wolsfeld said he and others came together last year because of their concern about the economy on the Divide and what they claim is inattention by the county of the problems they face.
Meetings they subsequently held with members of the community unveiled some common complaints including the cost of building permits and the length of time needed to get them.
“The process of being able to get a permit is painful, complicated, time-consuming … and also costly,” said Wolsfeld. “Sometimes the permits were a factor, but the fee itself wasn’t the biggest thing. It was more the process.
“Going to the Planning Commission or the building department is complicated because of all the hoops people have to jump through to get a project approved,” he said. “Since 2007...