Commissioners to tackle budget, Edwards developments
EAGLE, Colorado – The Eagle County Commissioners are taking on some weighty subjects during their regular meetings on Oct. 4 and 5.The Monday meeting includes an overview of the 2011 county budget, with a look at both elected officials’ and departmental spending plans for the coming year. It also includes a work session with Vail Resorts officials.Those sessions are all scheduled for the Eagle County Room, and will be carried live on ECO TV18 and streamed live at http://www.eaglecounty.us.A pair of development plans for Edwards are the big items on the Tuesday agenda.A morning hearing will discuss a road plan for “Berlaimont Estates,” on the north side of the valley at Edwards.The developers own a 680-acre parcel surrounded by U.S. Forest Service property, and have proposed dividing that property into 19 parcels of 35 acres or more. Each of those parcels could have a primary home and an accessory unit. That plan is not subject to county review. The road plan will also be reviewed by Forest Services officials, as that agency is required to provide road access to private property surrounded by public lands. But county regulations require that any road into private property through public land must meet county road standards if that private property has more than three homes.The developers are requesting several variances from county standards for the road into the property. Those variances include a requirement for a second access and emergency vehicle turnaround areas.The Oct. 5 afternoon schedule includes another hearing for the Eagle River Meadows development proposal at the site of the old B&B Excavating gravel pit on the south side of Interstate 70 and straddling the Eagle River.Developers have proposed a mix of housing and commercial space that would be dedicated to “health and wellness” businesses. The commissioners are currently weighing whether to ask the developers to give up plans to develop homes on the north side of the river. That would eliminate plans to build a bridge and road that would also run to the Lake Creek apartments and Brett Ranch Villas townhomes.Those meetings will also be carried live on ECO TV and the county’s Web site.