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Construction on Rimrock subdivision in Rifle could begin later this year

Heidi Rice
hrice@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle’s largest subdivision could begin construction this year following the filing of documents for the Planned Unit Development (PUD) which were filed on Friday with the city.

The PUD will next go to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and then before the Rifle City Council.

The Rimrock subdivision is a 350-acre master-planned community at the north end of Rifle west of the junction of Highway 13 and County Road 325 (the turnoff to Rifle Gap and Rifle Creek Golf Course) and is slated to include between 1,200 and 1,500 single family housing units plus commercial space.



“(The developers) submitted their PUD on Friday and now it will go to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission at the end of April and then to city council in May,” said Matt Sturgeon, Rifle’s assistant city manager.

Meritage Development Group are the developers and say that the project offers fresh ideas and an “innovative, sustainable living concept that is entirely new to Colorado’s Western Slope”, according to Scott Russell, a Meritage principal. The project fits in with the city’s plan to construct an “energy village” as outlined in the city’s comprehensive plan that was updated three years ago.



“Rimrock offers an opportunity to meet Rifle’s projected housing needs and the project demonstrates a commitment to Rifle’s ‘Energy Village’ vision by adopting green building and sustainable development practices,” Sturgeon said in a press release.

The Rimrock project will feature diverse types of housing, commercial components and amenities such as a pool, a community center and a community farm.

“Rimrock will appeal to friendly, active people who enjoy the environment and want to maintain a connection with the outdoors,” Russell said.

Trails and greenbelts will connect the neighborhoods of Rimrock and the community center, a pool, school, ball fields and parks will encourage everyday living and playing.

“The city appreciates the developer’s attention to green and sustainable principles,” Sturgeon said. “Meritage is working hard to allow the landscape to define the Rimrock community. Over time, residents of this new development will be rewarded by the developer’s attention to the natural environment.”

The total number of homes is limited to 1,700 and includes a diverse mix of price ranges and housing types – including apartments, town homes, duplexes and single-family homes.

A metropolitan district for the subdivision was approved last year, which will provide for the funding and tax base needed for capital improvements, operations and maintenance costs.

Construction is slated for this year and scheduled build-out is ten years.


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