Neighbors continue to bridle at riding arena in Missouri Heights |

Neighbors continue to bridle at riding arena in Missouri Heights

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The controversy continues concerning the Old Red Barn LLC, a riding arena on Missouri Heights near Carbondale that some neighbors fear may morph into a commercial enterprise.

A group of neighboring landowners told the Garfield Board of County Commissioners on Monday that they continue to object to the 68,000-square-foot facility, which is located along County Road 100 and has been under construction for more than a year.

The neighbors have complained that they were never notified of the plans to build the facility. It was approved as a low-impact development by planning director Fred Jarman.

Jarman said he approved the horse riding arena because a horse barn, as it was termed in the application documents, is a use by right under the zoning for that area.

As such, and because it did not involve a change in land use, the application by the Wight family was not subject to the usual series of public hearings before the county’s planning commission and the BOCC, which are required in many land use issues.

Since the arena’s construction, neighbors have complained about its size and traffic associated with the project, and have expressed concerns about the county’s approvals for a 900-square-foot accessory dwelling unit, or apartment, for an employee of the ranch.

After listening to the neighbors’ concerns, Commissioner Tom Jankovsky told the group of a special work session today, with chief building official Andy Schwaller, on the topic of the county’s land use code as it affects “equestrian centers.”

The work session was already planned prior to Monday’s meeting. It is scheduled for 8 a.m. today at the BOCC meeting room, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs.

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