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January 18, 2012
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Haymeadow debuts before Eagle Town Board next week

The public hearing process for the much-debated Eagle River Station proposal is on a brief hiatus until Feb. 1, but the Eagle Town Board won't be idle.

Instead, members will launch the public hearing process for a second large land-use proposal - Haymeadow.

The Haymeadow planned unit development calls for 979 residential units on the 660-acre property located next to the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink site. The application includes four proposed neighborhood areas generally configured from west to east. The plan features 644 single family/duplex units and 335 multifamily units.

When he submitted the Haymeadow plan to the town of Eagle back in April 2011, developer Ric Newman defined his proposal as a "conservation-oriented development concept" where open space tracts comprise the major amenity for the proposal. He noted that more than 60 percent of the property contained in the Haymeadow plan has been classified as open space.

A key feature of the plan is a "wildlife migration corridor," located on the eastern property boundary, that ranges from 500 to 1,000 feet wide as it extends north and south. Newman said he designed the corridor plan in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife to address the impact Haymeadow will have on deer and elk herds.

An existing 500-foot wide stand of willow trees that runs north to south through the projects will be preserved and two other north-to-south corridors, approximately 400 feet wide, are featured in the development plan.

The Eagle town staff and the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission both recommended approval of the Haymeadow plan with conditions including a realignment of Sylvan Lake Road to better address traffic flow, the development of pedestrian and bike paths in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and construction of trailhead parking areas within the development.

The staff memorandum detailing the Haymeadow process notes "One of the concerns that received considerable attention and required over six months to understand and incorporate into the plan is a goal of the town to create a focused active recreational area for the entire town on the western side of this development adjacent to the existing Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Related to achieving this goal was the need to re-align Sylvan Lake Road to the south in order to consolidate the recreational land in one location without the complication of a major road bisecting the land. The applicant has redesigned the plan to accomplish this goal. The plan as proposed includes a 15 acre park land dedication and a 17-acre adjacent school land dedication on the western side of the Haymeadow property configured in a manner to facilitate joint use and maintenance of the active recreation portions of the school property."

The Eagle Town Board will begin the Haymeadow public hearings at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.

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