When I moved from Texas in order to be able to have medical freedom on how I treat my Service Connected Symptoms, I toured around Colorado in a Toyota 4 Runner with 3 dogs, pulling an RV. We found Delta County Colorado to be a great location for agriculture, and freedom. Paonia was our first landing Spot. Then Lazaer, then above Cedaredge, Somerset, then Crawford, with two of the properties being rental opportunities moving into an ownership situation, using my Veterans Administration Guaranteed Loan.
From 2017 to current date, I have been renting a home at the cost of at least a Mortgage Payment, but none of these homes qualified for VA Loan criteria, protecting me, a first time home buyer, from purchasing a home that does not meet strict lending criteria, because if I defaulted on my home loan the VA assets group, who guaranteed the loan, would reposes the property. A blessing and a hindrance both.
There are several homes in this area that meet, and exceed these high quality VA standards, but their price point is way out of my price range which is over $300,000, and I could only find a Single Room home on 20 acres that I got approved for, and the owners accepted my offer. Went through the process to get the title work done and insurance switched to the new location and the day before closing, the mortgage lender from Delta, pulled my application, because the rental company I was using, contacted him about “not paying my rent” recently on their property that was NOT FIT FOR HABITATION and did not qualify for the VA loan. Despite being current for 2.5 years and at one point I was current and on time for 2 properties at the same time for 4 months.
Then came the disaster that was trying to rent yet another residence in Somerset, in Gunnison County, which I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the North Fork River Valley area, steer clear of that area for residential rights. All of these incidents lead to me wanting to learn more about Delta County residential rights, requirements and standards for owning land and a home in Delta County Colorado. In doing due diligence for home ownership, I came across a Group called Alliance for Land Liberty based out of Delta Colorado. They are a community based group who is trying to understand what the local Planning Commission is doing behind closed doors. They have a great website for explaining what is going on. Here is a recent video where Citizens show the recent Planning Commission meeting.
Being active in local politics is costly, in time, ability to comprehend the administrative process, and risking the neighbors approval in your opinion in their affairs, which is not necessarily the case, unless the neighbor is doing something that is against the codes, statutes, or laws. Currently there is a Solar Project that is backed by the Walton Family, and it has neighbors concerned about Big Money coming into the area behind Planning Commission doors and removing our rights, and installing Commission Rights that do not have a Civil Court oversight nor appealability for grievances against code violations. That is what is at stake here, Oversight, Clarity, Accountability and Land Owner Rights. Join us in following the black rabbit down many warrens.