Garfield P&Z approves 2 subdivisions |

Garfield P&Z approves 2 subdivisions

The Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission tackled a variety of applications for new subdivisions at its regular meeting Wednesday.-The commissioners reviewed a preliminary plan for a six-unit apartment building at 241 Mel Ray Road in West Glenwood proposed by Cinderbetts LLC, said county planner Mark Bean.Despite some concerns about added traffic to the already busy road, the commission recommended approval of the plan.The application will be considered by the County Commissioners on April 1, Bean said.-The commission also recommended approval of a preliminary plan for Eagle’s Nest Tract A at Aspen Glen, located next to the clubhouse.Plans call for splitting a 2.8-acre parcel into eight single-family lots, Bean said, each of which will be about one-third acre in size.-A new subdivision, Monument Ridge, is proposed for approximately 182 acres just south of Battlement Mesa along County Road 300.Developer Peter Heineman plans 17 single-family home sites on the parcel. He presented a sketch plan for the commission’s review.A sketch plan gives the commission a chance to “identify any issues that need to be addressed at preliminary plan, and if there are any fatal flaws,” Bean said.While the commissioners expressed concern about access into some lots and the adequacy of some individual water wells, no major flaws were noted, Bean said.The next step is for Heineman to submit a preliminary plan.-The commission also reviewed an amendment to the county’s building code. The code is currently based on the 1994 Universal Building Code.The proposed amendment would update the county’s regulations to the 1997 Universal Building Code, Bean said.Although the commissioners considered adopting the 2000 UBC, they decided against it.”It’s a new code, and it hasn’t received universal support,” Bean said. “It was an effort by building code groups around the world to merge everything into one code that could be used anywhere. The whole premise was great, but it’s like a new model car with a new (kind of) engine that people aren’t sure of.”

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