Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

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Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Candidates align on issues, with some different approaches
By the numbers

As of July 27, the most recent reporting period:
Incumbent Brad Blake, a Republican, has raised nearly $10,500 for this election, entirely from private donors. He spent about $2,000 and had about $8,325 on hand.Challenger Clyde Church, a Democrat, has spent a total of about $3,500 to unseat Blake. He has raised about $5,000 this election, with one notable contribution from the La Plata County Democratic Party Central Committee for $2,000. He had a balance of about $1,300.

Reader-submitted questions

For Brad Blake“You indicated in the League of Women Voters forum that government regulations cause affordable housing challenges. Which regulations would you like to see go away to make housing more affordable?”
Blake said a number of regulations have driven up costs of construction and, therefore, home prices in La Plata County. He said driveway standards and foundation standards have increased drastically and need to be revisited.
“It frustrates me,” he said. “For septic systems, our permits are some of the highest in the state … and often it’s the people who can afford it the least who have to pay the most.”
Blake said building standards and energy standards should also be revisited and possibly overhauled to make the cost of construction easier.
For Clyde Church“You indicated in the League of Women Voters forum that you agreed with Commissioner Blake that ‘government regulations cause affordable housing challenges.’ Can you amplify your answer and discuss why you agreed with him? Which regulations would you support going away so that more affordable housing can be built?”
Church said one of the challenges the county has right now is it doesn’t have areas zoned so that developers could come in and build affordable housing units.
“With the bureaucracy of our current land-use code system, it makes it difficult,” he said.
Church said there aren’t any specific regulations he’d eliminate to make the process easier. Instead, he said the code could be modified.
“By zoning, we could … plan affordable housing locations,” he said. “That’s the way the county commission could help the process and be less of an obstacle.”

Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Blake

Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Church
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