Planners: Rock Gardens plant not needed |

Planners: Rock Gardens plant not needed

The Garfield County planning staff is recommending denial of Rock Gardens’ proposal to build a new wastewater treatment facility at No Name, just east of Glenwood Springs.The new treatment facility is a preliminary step toward converting much of the 17-acre, camping, rafting and residential complex into a resort, said owner Kevin Schneider.Schneider said he hopes to submit a planned unit development application to Garfield County after the treatment plant receives state approval, so that Rock Gardens Mobile Home Park and Campground can become a “full on” resort.”There’s a big demand for that,” Schneider said.At Schneider’s request, the Garfield County Commissioners on Monday continued the Rock Gardens wastewater facility discussion to Monday, Aug. 4.A staff memo said Schneider is required to obtain a recommendation of approval, denial or no comment from the county commissioners and other local and regional agencies, which will be forwarded to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.He must win approval from the state agency to move forward with the new treatment plant.Rock Gardens currently uses septic tanks and leach fields to serve its residents, campers and customers.The Garfield County staff recommended denial in part because “the applicant has not demonstrated that a distinct `need’ exists to switch to a new system.”In other business Monday, the County Commissioners:-Approved a special use permit for EnCana to install a pedestrian bridge over a water treatment pond at its Hunter Mesa evaporation pit.-Awarded a $67,000 contract to Abbey Carpet to replace carpet in the Garfield County Courthouse.-Awarded a six-month $11,000 contract to Aviation Systems Maintenance Inc. to provide navigational maintenance at Garfield County Airport. Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

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