Members of Palisade’s Planning Commission met via Zoom on Tuesday evening, April 21 to discuss an application for a new short-term vacation rental home at 909 1/2 Iowa Ave. Many people in town know of the large A-frame home on the way down the hill to Riverbend Park, now owned by Sarah Owens. The single family residence has recently been remodeled and landscaped to conform to the requirements of a short-term rental under Palisade’s Land Development Code (LDC).

Property owner Sarah Owens was a participant in the Zoom meeting, giving details on the layout and design of the proposed vacation rental as well as her Property Management Plan for operations. The owners plan to reside in the lower level of the A-frame, with the rental areas taking the second, third and fourth floors. There are four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom on the third and fourth floors, with the second floor containing the living areas and kitchen.

Commission members reviewed Owens’ management plan and confirmed her intention to live in the rental property, also checking the local address of the emergency contact if Owens is not available. Parking was deemed to be adequate and the property was approved by unanimous decision of the commission members.

The next meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on May 5, 2020, and is planned to be held at the Civic Center meeting room at 341 W. 7th Street at 6:00 p.m.  In the case that the virus restrictions have not been lifted by that date, the meeting will once again take place on Zoom. The agenda will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting and will confirm the location at that time. Meetings are open to the pubic and citizens are encouraged to attend.

Attending the meeting were Commissioners Riley Parker, Penny Prinster, Charlotte Wheeler, Stan Harbaugh, Betsy McLaughlin, and Chair Don Bosch. Also present were Community Development Director Allyson Shellhorn, property owner Sarah Owens and citizen Gail Evans.