Bair Chase activity not the start of development |

Bair Chase activity not the start of development

Donna Gray

Heavy earthmovers were spotted at the development formerly known as Sanders Ranch Wednesday. But it’s not what you think.Heavy earthmovers were spotted at the development formerly known as Sanders Ranch Wednesday. But it’s not what you think.According to Bair Chase spokesman Jim Wells, the earthmovers are there to bury about 4,000 feet of pipeline that will carry the Glenwood Ditch through the property. The work is expected to be completed in about 45 days.”We have a fairly tight window” to complete the work, Wells said. “We have some shares in the ditch and we’re obligated (to the ditch company) to provide water to users by April 15 when the headgates are raised and the water begins flowing for spring irrigation.The 281-acre ranch five miles south of Glenwood Springs at Cattle Creek has received all its approvals for a planned unit development, said county planner Fred Jarman.Approved in 2004, the development calls for an 18-hole golf course, 48 single-family lots, 48 multifamily residences, 14 lodging units and 120 affordable-housing units, Wells said. Plans also include a 54-acre conservation easement along Cattle Creek and the Roaring Fork River where it runs through the property that will preclude development.But there are no immediate plans to begin construction.”I have no information on the timing,” Wells said.Sanders Ranch became something of a “cause celebre” in 2000 when hundreds of citizens turned out at county commissioner meetings to protest the project that called for 500 houses and 700,000 square feet of commercial development. County commissioners voted that proposal down.In 2002, developers renamed the project Bair Chase Golf and Rod Club, after the ranch’s original owners, Elmer Bair and Clyde Chase.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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