Lakota seeks approval for next 61 homes |

Lakota seeks approval for next 61 homes

NEW CASTLE – Lakota Canyon Ranch’s developers asked the New Castle Planning Commission on Feb. 12 for preliminary approval for a portion of the development. They also asked for a conditional use permit for the development’s 18-hole golf course.

Lakota Canyon Ranch is a 487-acre housing and golf course development located east of Castle Valley Ranch. It received a final flat approval with conditions from the New Castle Town Council last November. As the project develops in phases, it must continually receive approvals. The planning commission reviews and votes to approve each filing of the project before the New Castle Town Council makes its final decisions.

According to Steve Rippy, New Castle town administrator, representatives from Lakota Canyon Ranch attended the Feb. 12 planning meeting to get preliminary approval on Filing 1’s Phase 1B, which contains 61 residential units. The development’s Phase 1A contains 192 residential units and has already received final plat approval from town council.

In all, Lakota Canyon Ranch has a 20-year buildout plan. There are eight filings, with a total of 827 units on its 487-acre site.

Developers were also seeking approval from the commission for a conditional use permit for Lakota Canyon Ranch’s 18-hole golf course.

Rippy said even though developers don’t have a use permit in place, they did receive a grading permit last fall which allows construction workers to contour the ground in anticipation of approval.

“When they get a grading permit, they usually have to post a bond so money will be available to reclaim the land if they don’t receive approval,” he said.

Rippy said Jeff Simonson, New Castle town engineer, requested additional drainage calculations from the developers regarding Phase 1B.

Additionally, Rippy said Wednesday, the commission asked for design plans for a golf course bathroom structure, as well as plans for parking spaces and lighting at the clubhouse.

“The staff recommended to the planning commission to continue the hearing, and the commission agreed,” said Rippy. He expects Lakota’s developers to have the requested materials ready in time for the next planning meeting.

Lakota Canyon Ranch will be on the agenda at the next planning commission meeting, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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