210-home project, cluster development plan proposed
A 20-year-old planned unit development and a major subdivision zoning text change top the agenda for the Garfield County Planning Commission meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The PUD, Lake Springs Ranch, is located on 441 acres along County Road 114 and County Road 119, near the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus.
Garfield County Planner Mark Bean said the PUD was first approved in the early 1980s, but must still go through the preliminary and final plan review process.
The development plan submitted by the Berkeley Family Partnership calls for 194 single-family lots and four multi-family cluster lots, for a total of 210 housing units.
Bean said Lake Springs Ranch would use wells drilled in the Spring Valley aquifer. Sewer service would be provided by the Spring Valley Sanitation District.
The Garfield County staff recommended approval with conditions, Bean said.
Wednesday’s meeting also gives the public the opportunity to review an amendment to the Garfield County subdivision regulations to allow parcels smaller than two acres in size in the case of cluster residential developments.
Randy Russell, Garfield County’s senior long range planner, said current zoning encourages “cookie cutter” developments, regardless of terrain or environmental and agricultural considerations.
Russell said the zoning amendment is primarily meant for subdividing parcels 40 to 80 acres in size, in the agricultural/residential/rural density, agricultural/industrial, and residential limited zone districts.
Garfield County’s minimum residential lot size is two acres. The only way to build on smaller lots is for the developer to submit a planned unit development (PUD) proposal, which can be expensive and time consuming.
Russell said the zoning amendment could be put to use by developers who own small parcels, who might not be able to afford a PUD. He stressed the amendment is not a down zoning.
“The developer will get the same number of lots, and actually some additional lots, depending on the amount of open space preserved,” Russell said.
The amendment allows for lots as small as a half acre where homes share sanitary disposal systems, and three-quarters of an acre where individual septic systems are proposed.
Wednesday night’s meeting will be held in the Garfield County Courthouse Plaza, located at 108 8th St., Glenwood Springs.
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