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210-home project wins initial OK

The Garfield County commissioners gave preliminary approval to the 210-unit Lake Springs Ranch planned unit development Monday.

After the meeting, Lake Springs Ranch spokesperson Ron Liston said a construction start date hasn’t been set.

Lake Springs Ranch would cover 441 acres just north of the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus. There would be 198 single-family lots of up to 1.5 acres each, plus four multi-family lots, and 151 acres of agricultural land or open space.

The minimum house size would be 1,800 square feet. Solid-fuel, open-hearth fireplaces would not be allowed, although homes could have one wood-burning stove.

The Spring Valley Sanitation District would provide sewer service. Individual wells on each lot would provide water.

County Road 114 bisects the property. The applicant, the Berkeley Family Partnership, would be required to grade the road at intersections and perform other improvements.

Garfield County first approved the Lake Springs Ranch PUD during the oil shale boom in 1979, but the owner never submitted a final plat.

In other business Tuesday, Colorado Department of Transportation engineer Karen Rowe briefed the commissioners on next summer’s Interstate 70 paving project, and the Grand Avenue paving project slated for 2004.

“We’ll have our first (Grand Avenue) meeting in January to discuss concerns,” Rowe said. “In April or May we’ll have another meeting.”

Rowe said she expects the Grand Avenue project will take four to five months, and extend from 8th Street to 23rd Street.

The I-70 paving project will extend from one mile west of South Canyon to Silt. Rowe said daily work will halt from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the westbound lane, and from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the eastbound lane.

At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners also increased user fees at the Garfield County Airport an average of 10 percent. Airport Manager Brian Condie said the increase should raise an extra $7,000 to $10,000 per year. They were last raised three years ago.

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