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Old 11-19-2014, 09:42 PM
 
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Hey all, I am currently considering a homestead-type project in the San Luis Valley, and I appreciate all of the great information contained in this thread. I still have a lot of questions, specifically about how to find and choose parcels of land. I'm looking at some of the 35-acre parcels in the Ewing Ranch Sub and trying to find out more about water rights and the best price per acre I can expect. I would prefer land in Saguache, Alamosa, and Costilla Counties. Any and all advice is much appreciated.

I will be glad to help you answer any questions that you have.We lived in Monte Vista for five years and I am familiar with all those areas and can help.

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Old 12-04-2014, 07:50 PM
 
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I wanna built uncoventional housing my way and develope my own off grid home. How tight are they with the building and zoning laws in Alamosa County? I own a 35 acre lot with two wells on it. Can anyone give me any ideas of what to expext with the local government when it comes to building on my property? Weather is not an issue for me and water obviously isnt either.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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Are the wells productive?
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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Are the wells productive?
And, what type of well permit do they have?

I also find it somewhat clownish that people constantly post about, "What are the building regulations, etc." The easy way to find that out is to call the local planning, zoning, and/or building department for the place in which they want to build and ASK THEM.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:21 PM
 
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They gave me a list of 2003 and 2006 building regulations, but i have read a lot about sandbag homes and houses made with haybails. Honestly I was hoping you jazzlover would reply with true knowledge of the area. Sorry to be foolish but I wanted a more direct answer. Thank you

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Old 12-05-2014, 02:32 AM
 
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If you want a direct answer then ask a direct question. Call up this number which is provided on the Alamosa County website : Kenneth E. Van Iwarden, Building Inspector Official, Phone: 719-589-3812.

Tell Mr. Iwarden that you "wanna built uncoventional housing my way and develope my own off grid home" and that you "have read a lot about sandbag homes and houses made with haybails" and ask him what zoning regulations and building permits would apply to your situation.

Honestly, I don't see how much more helpful we can be. As far as I'm aware no one on this forum works for Alamosa County, so call up the County building inspector and get your information straight from the horse's mouth.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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Sounds like most people who say just ask for help are only meaning people they wanna help... it was quite simple... Are these type of homes built around the area? Is it common or not? Guess I better call somebody all these people who claim to know only have sarcasm.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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The people at the county will have all of those answers. Why are you so afraid just to call them? Or do you want "Mommy" to call for you, then give you the answer? No, we're not going to do that kind of direct research for you, then hand you the answer. I know plenty about the SLV, but I don't go out and count straw bale homes there.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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I have called for three days got a run around from the legal offices and no strait answers... I was under the impression you all knew the area well, as you all have stated. So with that knowledge I had hoped to find answers. As I have stated they gave me a list of regulstions online that explained nothing. I appolgize for seeking knowledge where it does not exist.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Look, those county zoning and building officials are going to be the ones who are going to tell you if you are in compliance with the local building and zoning codes, not us. Now, you can find out from them, as best as you can, what will satisfy their codes BEFORE you spend a bunch of money and build something, or you can find out AFTER you've spent a bunch of money and they refuse to give you a certificate of occupancy because what you built didn't meet their codes. And I guarantee you, saying, "Well, somebody on the internet said that these were built all over the SLV, so I thought it was OK" will not cut any ice with them. You're asking on this forum what is legal for you to build in the SLV. No one on this forum can give you that answer--only the regulatory officials where you are going to build can answer that. Simple enough?

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