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Adam’s Rib developer has plan for more homes

Kathy Heicher
Special to the DailyThe "project site" shows where a developer is proposing to build homes along and above Brush Creek, south of Eagle.

EAGLE – With construction work on the infrastructure for the Frost Creek development well underway, Brush Creek land owner Fred Kummer has another project waiting in the wings.

Sketch plans have been submitted to Eagle County for the Upper and Lower Ranch projects. The development consists of 114 single-family lots on 1,034 acres of land. The property stretches between the old town of Eagle water tank on Brush Creek and the Hardscrabble Road turn-off.The plan says the project is designed to be a “Mountain Star or Pilgrim Downs” type development, referring to upscale, gated communities in Avon and Edwards’ Lake Creek.If the application is complete, the first public hearing on the proposal will be before the Eagle County Planning Commission on Jan. 4. If the review process goes quickly, the project could go to the county commissioners as early as Jan. 31, said Bob Narracci of the Eagle County Community Development Department.

The proposal is not affected by the county’s current moratorium on up-zonings. Zoning changes don’t take place until the second stage of review.The Ranch project would average nine homes per acre. Some 360 acres of the project are proposed as open space. Of that amount, 219 acres are on slopes, according to the application. A public trail would run through the project.The homes on the Upper Ranch would be located on a bench, out of view from Brush Creek. The Lower Ranch lots would be along the creek, about 200 feet to 400 feet from the water. The developer also is proposing to build 10 deed-restricted, affordable-housing units near the confluence of Brush Creek and the Eagle River.

Kummer has owned most of the land on Brush Creek for over 30 years. He originally proposed to develop a ski and golf resort project the length of Brush Creek. However, several years ago, about 1,800 acres of his property on East and West Brush Creek was sold to Colorado State Parks, and is now part of Sylvan Lake State Park.In 2002, the town of Eagle struck an agreement with Kummer regarding future development of Brush Creek. That agreement essentially allows development of a maximum of 225 units on 2,632 acres of Brush Creek land, including Frost Creek, which is approved for 60 single-family lots. Vail Colorado

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