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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Diamond Ridge Rezoning Reversed in District Court

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Diamond Ridge Rezoning Reversed in District Court

County and Town addressing setback in high density community housing project

Media Contact: Mike Bordogna, County Manager, 970.728.3844, mikeb@sanmiguelcountyco.gov

(December 23, 2022) – San Miguel County, CO --- This week, the San Miguel County District Court reversed the San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) rezoning of a 39-acre portion of the 105-acre Diamond Ridge Property. The land, which is jointly owned by San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride, had been approved for rezoning from a Forestry-Agriculture-Open (F) to a Community Housing (CH) zone district in May.

“While we’re disappointed in the ruling, we feel this is a minor, short-term setback for the Diamond Ridge Project as the County and Town work to deliver high-quality, affordable community housing,” said Town of Telluride Attorney Kevin Geiger. “We will continue to diligently address the housing crisis and present viable development opportunities to build affordable housing for our residents and workforce.”

The State of Colorado’s Division of Housing (DOH) awarded the County and Town a $5 million grant to assist with the acquisition of the Diamond Ridge Property. The grant award, with the same terms and conditions, remains in place while the County and Town determine next steps.

“We are still in support of the project and know the need for this type of housing in our community,” said County Manager Mike Bordogna.  

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