City passes comprehensive plan
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2013
After years of crafting, debate, arguments and tinkering, the City of Custer has a comprehensive plan.
At its May 6 meeting, the council unanimously passed the first reading after an hour and a half of discussion and questions among the council, members of the planning commission and those in the audience.
At the center of the discussion, just as it has been for months upon months, was the land use portion of the proposed plan. Some area residents have railed against the density suggestions in the comprehensive plan, which state units per acre in rural residential areas — the three-mile area — should range from .025 to .2 dwelling units per acre — essentially limiting homes to sizes ranging from five to 40 acres.
Opponents of the density suggestions say it is an infringement on landowners’ rights, makes buying land more difficult for people with lower incomes and could even render some lots as non-conforming and unfinanceable. Proponents of the larger lot sizes say the larger lot sizes protect property rights of existing parcels, preserve life/safety needs, preserve quality of infrastructure, have a much better chance of preserving water quality and maintaining a way of life in existing subdivisions while keeping the rural feel residents of Custer County have stated they want in previous surveys.
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