Five-lot subdivision near Carbondale OK’d |

Five-lot subdivision near Carbondale OK’d

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County commissioners on Monday approved a plan to create a five-lot subdivision on about 31 acres located near the popular Red Hill recreation area north of Carbondale.

Commissioners had earlier postponed a decision on the subdivision so the county attorney’s office could research a proposal for the property owners to dedicate $1,500 toward improving public trail access in the area.

The planned subdivision sits on the east side of County Road 107, across from the busy Red Hill/Mushroom Rock trailhead, a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers.

A parking lot for trail users is located at the bottom of the county road at the intersection with Highway 82. However, trail users must navigate about a quarter mile of the county road to get to the trailhead.

The Red Hill Council, a citizens group that works with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to manage the area, would eventually like to create a separate, dedicated trail easement away from the road.

Property owners seeking the subdivision, including Paul Froning and Linda Singer, had offered to contribute $1,500 toward that effort.

However, because the traffic impact from the small subdivision would not trigger a formal road impact fee, acting county attorney Carey Gagnon said there are some legal constraints to accepting the offer.

Commissioners agreed to approve the subdivision without the fee requirement. Commissioner John Martin did suggest that the money could instead be dedicated to the Red Hill Council.

“We continue to hear concerns about safety from people living on that road,” added Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said. “We need to work with the town of Carbondale and the Red Hill group on a better access plan.”

In other business at the Monday meeting, the county commissioners:

• Approved a two-year extension of development permits for the High Mesa RV Park in Battlement Mesa. It was the third extension request, which would not have been possible until new land-use code revisions were formally put into effect by county commissioners last week. Owner James Speakman said the project should be able to proceed next year.

• Approved a road standards variance for an accessory dwelling unit located on property north of Silt, on Cedar Drive. The unit, located on land owned by Frances Cardillo, had been created illegally several years ago. Commissioners agreed on a 3-0 vote to bring the unit into compliance, and to grant the road waiver.

• Approved a $2,500 funding request for the Sopris Barracudas youth swim team.

• Approved a $246,710 engineering and design contract for SGM Inc. to replace the Una Bridge on County Road 300 near Battlement Mesa. The county may apply for a Colorado Department of Local Affairs Energy Impact grant to help pay for construction costs on the project.

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