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Dispute Continues Over Cars Parked on Lot Near Expensive Subdivision

Gail Binkly
Vehicles stored for future sale at a property across the road from the upscale Indian Camp Ranch subdivision near Cortez.

A vehicle-storage yard just across County Road 23 from the upscale Indian Camp Ranch subdivision does not need a high-impact permit. That was the unanimous recommendation of the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday. Indian Camp owner Archie Hanson said he isn’t asking for the storage business to be shut down, only for the 10 to 20 cars to be moved so they aren’t visible from the subdivision’s “very, very expensive” entrance.

But P&Z said that would be difficult because the more-distant land isn’t level. Storage-yard owner Dennis Brace said he would put up a decorative fence if the critics pay for it. P&Z’s Bob Clayton said numerous properties around the county have old cars and tractors. The matter now goes to the county commissioners.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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