The town of Gypsum is considering another annexation.
On Tuesday, property owner Mike Young and project planner Steve Isom asked town council members to consider annexing a 56-acre parcel that includes a man-made water-ski lake in Dotsero.
Dotsero is west of Gypsum and is part of unincorporated Eagle County. The parcel in question is 2.7 miles west of Gypsum's recent annex, Isom said.
"I bought the property in 1999 with the intention of a ski lake as well as a gas station," Young said.
The lake was built in 2006.
"I'm trying to make it a destination spot and earn a customer base. Nothing's out there right now," Young said.
Young envisions a commercial area that might include a hotel and retail stores, among other things. For now, he wants to start building a "comfortable" convenience station that would include WiFi and fuel pumps as soon as March.
"I've been trying to do this for six years," he said, citing a slow decision-making process by the county.
Isom said the county is concerned about creating another large unincorporated area such as Edwards, which is among the largest in the state. Now he and Young are looking to Gypsum to help them out and the town is receptive to the idea.
"We need to work with these gentlemen and get this ball rolling," said Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver.
Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll cited the years of planning and several permits that are already in place as a great help.
"Their dirty work is already done," he said. "We're just reviewing it. I think we can process this fairly quickly.
Shroll said the parcel would likely be annexed as a planned unit development, which would give the town greater oversight.
The annexation also hinges on approval by the 15 member-owners of the ski lake, which encompasses 21 of the 56 acres. Young owns two shares of the lake.
"I think the residents there will like this (development)," Young said, elaborating on his vision. "If people stopped there on their way through, they'll probably remember it and stop there again."
A building owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation that sits in the middle of the parcel is another hurdle for creating a cohesive development. Young said he's been collaborating with CDOT, however, and isn't too worried about that challenge.
"It probably would service a need for that area, and if we annex this and get that sales-tax base, we'll be able to reinvest in that area," Shroll said.
The last annexations by the town occurred three or four years ago, Shroll said.