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Eagles Ridge Ranch no Aspen Glen

The upscale Eagles Ridge Ranch proposed for New Castle will not be another Aspen Glen, developer Jim Colombo told the town council Tuesday night.

People in town are worried the project, which includes up to 650 houses and townhomes and an 18-hole golf course, will be a gated community like Aspen Glen, New Castle Mayor Bill Wentzel said.

“I think it’s something you need to be very sensitive to,” he told Colombo.

He also doesn’t want to see an exclusive golf course.

“We want to make sure the recreation facilities are available to the people who live here,” he said.

“We have no concept of restriction,” said Colombo, of Aspen.

While the lots will be more costly than those in neighboring Castle Valley Ranch, they are not a big step up in price, he said.

Lots will start at $90,000 and range to $170,000. Townhomes between 1,600 and 1,800 square feet in size will sell for $190,000 and $220,000, he said.

“We’re not trying to be Aspen Glen,” he said.

The golf course will be open to the public and greens fees will be an affordable $55 a round, he added.

Tuesday was the developer’s second informal appearance before the council. Colombo has not filed a formal application for the project.

However, the council approved a subdivision exemption ordinance on first reading, which will allow him to divide the almost 500-acre property into three parcels.

Aspen attorney David Myler explained that three lenders are lined up and willing to finance one parcel each.

With that approval, Colombo can purchase the property. He said he will file a formal application for annexation and a planned unit development within 30 days.

Approval of the subdivision exemption also requires the developer to file an application within six months.

Colombo also was grilled by town councilors about what he’s willing to deliver with the project. Of primary concern were recreation amenities.

Councilman Greg Russi said New Castle needs tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, looped trails and playgrounds for young children.

He also wanted to make sure they’ll be open to all New Castle residents.

“We’ll cover all those items in the PUD. It’s jumping the gun to comment when we’re just here for a subdivision exemption,” Colombo said.

He said he would discuss whether or not to open recreation facilities to the public.

Some discussion also revolved around land Colombo is willing to donate to the town for the cemetery which sits in the middle of the project. Colombo said he would give 2.6 acres adjacent to the cemetery.

However, town manager Steve Rippy said the original annexation agreement with Faye Faas, who is selling the property to Colombo, earmarked 15 acres next to the cemetery for open space. Some of that land could be incorporated into the cemetery.

The subject will be up for debate during the planning process.

“We’re not interested in a hole-in-one but one to a hole,” quipped Councilman Bob Gordon.

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