Four Mile development up for review |

Four Mile development up for review

Dennis WebbGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kelley Cox

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A two-year-old proposal to building a housing development on two former Four Mile Road ranches will undergo its first Garfield County planning hearing in April.The Reserve at Elk Meadows development would include 189 homes that would be built on the Bershenyi and Martino ranches.It is scheduled to be heard by the Garfield County Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. April 11.In their application, the Illinois-based developers say the project would “create a rural residential community that is compatible with other residential land use patterns in the Four Mile Creek corridor.”

The Bershenyi Ranch consists of about 1,500 acres, and the Martino ranch totals around 100 acres.Developers are asking the county to amend the county’s comprehensive plan from low-density to medium- and high-density residential for the development site. They also are seeking rezoning of 505 acres to accommodate the project, and subdivision of a little more than 600 acres. They are proposing lots ranging from 12,600 square feet to more than 30,000 square feet in size, with house sizes ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet.The county also requires such projects to provide an affordable housing component amounting to 10 percent of the total units. The developers say in their application that because the site is a few miles from commercial and social services and public transportation, it is “not a desirable location for affordable housing units.” As a result, it is proposing to comply with the requirement offsite, as the county allows in such cases. Developers want to build the units in Glenwood or another area community.They hope to dedicate a 960-acre “mountain park” on the Bershenyi Ranch to a public or private entity that would open it for public, nonmotorized use. That use could include seasonal limitations for wildlife protection if recommended by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.”Even with sensitive consideration for wildlife, the mountain park will provide an enormous recreational resource that is readily accessible to residents in the Four Mile corridor and Glenwood Springs,” they say in their application.

The development site currently is not contiguous to Glenwood Springs, making it ineligible for annexation. However, developers have signed a preannexation agreement under which the city will provide sewer service to the property and developers will give $900,000 to the city for road improvements.Developers estimate that the project will generate 1,900 vehicle trips per day.They are proposing realigning Four Mile Road in the area of the development to create gentler road grades, reduce the sharpness of curves and add shoulders. That would require relocating one of two barns in the vicinity that developers plan to preserve for possible use as part of a “heritage ranch.” They also plan to preserve a nearby hayfield.Developers first unveiled their plans for the property in early 2005. They met with Four Mile residents about it before seeking the preannexation agreement with the city.

Contact Dennis Webb: 384-9119dwebb@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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