GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The Board of Jefferson County Commissioners could decide whether Dinosaur Ridge will be rezoned on Tuesday. Opponents to the plan are fighting to try to keep car dealerships from moving into the area.
The land currently under question has been home to the visitor center at Dinosaur Ridge for years.
One hundred people signed up to speak at the meeting on Tuesday morning. The testimony is expected to take about five hours.
The piece of land is currently zoned for commercial building.
“It’s our position that this request represents actually a very minor change to the zoning as it currently exists,” said 3 Dinos LLC spokesman Brian Connolly said at the hearing. “It’s fully consistent with the comprehensive master plan.”
Connolly is one of three developers now asking that the area be rezoned for what he believes is better use.
The developers claim approval of their proposal would mean less traffic and lighting restrictions.
“Twenty-eight acres of car lots. Take this mountain and turn it into a car lot is an absolutely outrageous thing to do. Nothing could be worse,” said opponent to the rezoning Bill Eikenberry.
After nearly a year Jefferson County commissioners began the hearing into the issue at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.