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Bair Chase developers look for community input

JOHN GARDNERGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. WestPac developers are hoping to present a new development plan to Garfield County Commissioners regarding the Bair Chase ranch south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82 sometime in October.According to WestPac director of development Carey Shanks, the group is looking for input from residents in the area as to what their ideas or concerns are regarding the development and what it should include or exclude.”We are willing to talk to neighbors and hear their thoughts on the development,” Shanks said. “This valley is a community of people and we want to be able to hear their ideas and come up with a development plan to support their needs.”Shanks said he is hoping for an “early fall” deadline for the new plan to be completed, or at year’s end at the latest. Garfield County planner Fred Jarman said that he expected to receive something from WestPac sometime in October regarding the 280-acre ranch that sold for $18.5 million in December of 2006.”We haven’t’ seen anything since the last project plan,” Jarman said. “I know they are working on a new plan, but I don’t know what the plan entails.”Shanks couldn’t expand on specifics of the new plans for the development except that the company had a team currently working on plans that will fit the housing needs of the valley.”We’re just not quite there yet,” Shanks said. “There is a huge gap of people out there that would like to be a homeowner but can’t find anything affordable in the valley. We would like to include some type of housing that would be attainable.”County commissioners terminated a planned unit development submitted in April and imposed new zoning requirements. The subdivision was approved for 168 multifamily homes and 62 single-family homes, but that number could change with the new zoning requirements.”We want to work with the natural beauty of the area and the natural habitat,” Shanks said. “We are trying to figure out a nice residential neighborhood with single family and multifamily units.”Shanks said that is why WestPac is looking for community input to help the planning of the development move along. Information is available about the development and can be obtained by calling the WestPac offices in Aspen or Snowmass, according to Shanks. He’s also hoping for a community outreach meeting to hear community ideas in the near future.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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