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Briefs: No more signs in roundabout

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Pam Boyd/EnterpriseThere are no signs in the Eby Creek roundabout and, the town of Eagle says, this is the way it should stay.

EAGLE ” No more “open house” signs perched in the grassy landscape of the Eby Creek roundabout. For that matter, the garage sale and “this way to the wedding reception” signs have been banished, too.

The Town of Eagle is cracking down on the public’s tendency to use the roundabouts as a venue for advertising.

“Absolutely no signs of any kind are allowed in the roundabout. No garage sale signs, no real estate. Nothing but (town) Christmas decorations,” says Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell.

Actually, says Powell, that’s been the policy since the Eby Creek roundabout was finished, a little over five years ago. The town initially enforced the sign ban physically removing intruding signs; but as time progressed, enforcement of the policy became more lax, and the signs started creeping back.

Weekends are a prime time for Realtors to host open houses for clients. In the past few years, “Open House” signs have sprouted in the roundabout and along other public right-of-ways like untended dandelions.

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Several weeks ago, the Town send out a bulletin to Realtors advising that the town staff would start removing signs placed in the public rights of way.

The issue is both safety and aesthetics, says Powell.

“We were getting too many complaints about the proliferation of signs,” he says.

He says the town, with input from the real estate community, will be working on a policy regarding signs and public rights of way.

The new enforcement of the sign band has caused a minor stir in the community, particularly among Realtors whose signs have been seized.

Joan Harned, a broker with Keller-Williams Mountain Properties in Eagle, says she knows of nine signs that have disappeared on local Realtors since the new policy went into effect. A few have been returned by the town staff.

“They (the signs) are expensive if you have to keep buying them,” Harned said. She says signs are a big help in getting people to their destinations. The public is sort of trained to look for the signs, she nsaid. Real estate ads in newspapers don’t typically include directions on how to get to a property.

Powell says the current sign code does not allow for off-site signs.

“It is a sticky issue,” he admitted.

” Kathy Heicher

EAGLE ” The town of Eagle’s much anticipated Sylvan Lake Road connection to Brush Creek Road opened last week.

The new connection provides Eagle Ranch dwellers a more direct route to the pool and ice rink facility, and establishes Sylvan Lake Road as the more convenient route from U.S. Highway 6 to Sylvan Lake State Park and Yeoman Park.

While the Brush Creek Road has historically followed a fairly direct route to town, the new connection includes a stop sign at a T-intersection with Sylvan Lake Road. The road then loops up toward the pool and ice rink, before bearing left and heading back toward town.

The new connection also should accommodate residents of Brush Creek Meadow, which is under construction, Powell said.

“The whole purpose of the alignment is to get people off Capitol,” said Kevin Sharkey, assistant town engineer. Travelers to Sylvan Lake State Park will be directed to Sylvan Lake Road by road signs; rather than taking Capitol Street.

Sharkey said the new Sylvan Lake Road is designed to handle a higher volume of traffic than Capitol Street.

” Pam Boyd

Development continues its march up the Gypsum Creek Valley.

Remington Ranch is a 109-unit project located on 160 acres, across Valley Road from the Chatfield Corners development. The plan calls for 28 single-family lots, 18 duplex lots and 45 rural residential lots. Additionally, a 35-acre irrigated pasture is incorporated within the plan as common open space.

“They have tried to keep things consistent with the historical ranch uses up there,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. “The 109 units on 160 acres is not high density by any means.”

According to Terrell Knight, Remington Ranch planner and a minor partner in the development, he first approached the town with the project concept three years ago. This summer Remington Ranch filed annexation petitions and a planned-unit development proposal.

There are two distinctive aspects in the ranch plan. The first is the suburban-type development located closer to Valley Road. This plans is similar to the pattern established at Chatfield Corner, located across the road, and will have 64 units.

The remainder of the development is called the “North Forty Neighborhood.” This part of the plan features 45 larger lots similar to the adjacent Horse Pasture subdivision.

“We understand that a lot of people are interested in a place that they can keep their horses. This seems to be a good fit with that because it has historic irrigated pasture,” said Knight. “The town liked the diversity of the project because it was similar to historic uses in the town.”

The 35-acre irrigated pasture is a centerpiece of Remington Ranch, he added. “Visually, that is what people desire, and it also puts water back into the ground,” Knight said.

A log barn built in the late 1800s will be preserved on site as a community building, Knight said. The barn was originally built by the Uline family, and was located on the site of an approved gravel pit operation when Knight moved it to the Remington Ranch property.

According to Shroll, water issues will be the focus of discussion as the proposal comes before the Town Council. Additionally, he predicts traffic on Valley Road will be an issue.

So will be traffic. In 2008, the town plans to connect Jules Drive to Cooley Mesa Road ” a nearly $2 million road project that planners hope will ease traffic issues on Valley Road, Schroll said. Additionally, the town is proposing a traffic signal at Valley Road and Cooley Mesa.

” Pam Boyd

These stories first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise

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