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El Paso County, CO, July 3, 2014 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners, during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, unanimously approved a resolution that extends the temporary suspension of portions of the El Paso County Land Development Code for properties affected by the 2013 Black Forest Fire.
The one-year extension was recommended by the Regional Building Department and the El Paso County Development Services Department to continue to encourage reconstruction and benefit the residents and business owners in the area ravaged by the Black Forest Fire last year.
The Black Forest Fire began on June 11, 2014. The 14,280-acre blaze destroyed 489 homes and forced the evacuation of 41,000 residents. Two Black Forest residents lost their lives in historic disaster.
Commissioner Darryl Glenn commented, “While much has been accomplished within the past year in the rebuilding of homes and businesses, much more remains unfinished.” So far Pikes Peak Regional Building has issued more than 1,200 permits for various types of reconstruction activity, more than 200 residential construction plans have been submitted for review indicating that construction has either started or is in progress and certificates of occupancy have now been issued allowing 55 families to move into their new Black Forest homes.
“People have shown a true interest in moving ahead as rapidly as possible and we certainly want to be amenable to assisting them as they move forward in rebuilding,” commented Commissioner Peggy Littleton.
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