County Commissioners review Lake Springs Ranch Tuesday |

County Commissioners review Lake Springs Ranch Tuesday

The Garfield County Commissioners get their first peek at a major Spring Valley subdivision application, and send geological hazard regulations off for recording at next Tuesday’s meeting.The proposed Lake Springs Ranch planned unit development includes 210 housing units on 441 acres just north of Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. The development is proposed by the Berkeley Family Limited Partnership.The five-phase plan calls for 198 single-family lots of up to 1.5 acres, four multi-family lots, and 151 acres of agricultural land or open space.The Spring Valley Sanitation District will provide sewer service. Individual wells on each lot will provide water.The minimum home size is 1,800 square feet. Solid fuel, open hearth fireplaces are not allowed, although homes may have one wood burning stove apiece.A homeowners association will enforce its own covenants and regulations, which include:-No hunting.-No poultry or animal livestock.-No trees or natural shrubs may be removed or trimmed without development review committee approval.Garfield County first approved the Lake Springs Ranch PUD in 1979, but the owner never submitted a final plat.Tuesday’s consent agenda also calls for Commission Chairman John Martin to sign a resolution spelling out the county’s new geological hazard regulations. The regulations cover developments within or in the path of avalanches, rock fall, debris fans, unstable slopes and potentially unstable slopes.Exempted from the regulations is any use by right, except homes, in the agricultural/industrial zone, open space zone or resource lands zone.The regulations also explain how to deal with geological hazards.County planner Randy Russell said the commissioners approved the regulations after taking public input earlier this year. Martin’s signature will be the last step in the process to record and implement the regulations.The regulations are posted in full on the county’s Web site at’s Garfield County Commissioner meeting begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast session with the Glenwood Springs City Council.

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