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5 luxury homes OK’d for Lake Creek area

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Maisie Crow/Vail Daily Dominic Mauriello points out home sites to Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi during a tour of the Palmerosa Ranch where a developer is hoping to put luxury homes.

EAGLE COUNTY – Five more luxury homes are coming to the Lake Creek Valley south of Edwards.The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved developer Jim Comerford’s plans for the Palmerosa Ranch up Lake Creek Road. Comerford originally wanted to build eight homes on the 43-acre ranch.

Commissioner Tom Stone was absent from the Monday night meeting. Commissioners Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon approved the project. Neighbors feared Comerford’s project would urbanize the rural Lake Creek Valley, and some urged him to reduce the number of homes to four. State wildlife officer Bill Andree had criticized previous plans because he said they would interfere with a well-known elk traveling route.

The developer worked closely with state wildlife officials to ensure no homes would interfere with those routes, said Dominic Mauriello, a planner working for Comerford.The commissioners are requiring that Comerford ensure wildlife traveling routes are unobstructed. The board also is requiring the developer put in landscaping on the property to screen the new homes from public view. That would better satisfy neighbors’ concerns.

This is the second project planned for that area residents have opposed, saying they want to maintain the rural character of their neighborhood. Earlier this summer, developer Fred Green withdrew his application to build several homes on a 28-acre piece of property along Lake Creek Road. Vail, Colorado

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