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County Commissioner to suspend some rules for fire victims

County Commissioner to suspend some rules for fire victims

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - El Paso County Commissioners voted to temporarily suspend some development codes they announced at a meeting Wednesday.

The Black Forest Long Range Recovery Committee held a public meeting at Mountain Springs Church to update attendees on its subcommittee's progress.

The Black Forest Fire destroyed more than 500 homes. Black Forest Fire victims attended the meeting to gain more insight as they begin the rebuilding process.

County Commissioner Darryl Glen represents the Black Forest area. He's spearheaded efforts to assistant victims in the disaster's aftermath.

"We've essentially relaxed the regulations for people and that's what people will get out of the presentation today," said Glenn.

Glenn and other commissioners voted to temporarily suspend development codes for fire victims. Fire victims will be able to live in mobile homes or RVs on their property during reconstruction. Also, victims will have a longer grace period to rebuild on their property.

"We are going to suspend some of those rules because of the destruction that's out there," said Glenn.

Vicky MacWilliam has lived in Black Forest for more than 30 years. She attended the meeting but walked out early.

"It's not what I expected. What was advertised sounded like some helpful topics but its just political stuff," said MacWilliam. "They're spouting on about all these meetings and these surveys they are going to do that will help somebody some day but, it's not helpful now."

There will be a meeting next month to discuss ways El Paso County can improve its response to disasters in the future.


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