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Will Red Feather Ridge fly? Find out Thursday

Red Feather Ridge is teetering on the edge. The decision on whether the proposed 149-lot subdivision will be annexed into Glenwood Springs could be decided Thursday by the Glenwood Springs City Council.

Council members came out strongly on both sides of the issue two weeks ago, so the final decision seems far from a foregone conclusion.

At issue is whether to extend the city’s urban growth boundary, a line drawn around the city within which dense growth is supposed to be contained, and annex the property into the city. The developer, Oklahoma-based MidFirst Bank, has requested that the city extend the growth boundary line to include the development.

While some feel the extension of the boundary is the next logical step in the city’s growth, others feel that annexing the development would open the door to allowing dense growth in an area now characterized by pastoral fields and old farmhouses.

The project, formerly known as Four Mile Ranch, proposes to divide the land into 149 lots with open space and park land included.

Developers also have offered $400,000 to help fund a roundabout at Four Mile and Airport roads; $2,500 per house for transportation improvements; and 10 percent of the estimated cost of building a park, up to $100,000. The development also would include 23 affordable housing lots.

The hearing comes as part of No. 9, planning items, on the Glenwood Springs City Council agenda. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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