by Sam Klomhaus

Mail Staff Writer

The Poncha Springs Planning and Zoning Committee is participating in an information-gathering project to help determine how to use funds from a research grant being pursued by Chaffee County.

Chaffee County Housing Director Becky Gray said the purpose of the grant is to research policies that will increase the amount and affordability of housing, as well as decrease displacement.

Gray said she was confident Chaffee County will receive the funding, which would be about $240,000. She said they want to get the planning process started early.

Gray asked the committee to think about which topics, such as height restrictions or parking, are most important to them.

She said it’s a good time to decide what things are important to the community.

In other business, the committee unanimously approved a warrant for a duplex and a variance for covered parking at 501 Angelo Lane.

Applicant Sean Studer said he plans to live in one half of the duplex, with garages in front.

Town Administrative Officer Brian Berger said he has heard from the lot’s neighbors, and they seemed fine with the plan.

Committee member Dave Ward said he didn’t think the plans would upset anyone in the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is already a duplex-type neighborhood, Mayor Ben Scanga said.

After the committee’s vote, the matter will be referred to the board of trustees in two weeks.

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