Dead-end street to remain that way
A developer’s request to extend a road to 15 townhouses he plans to build in the shadow of the massive Village at Avon across the river has been turned down by an Eagle County zoning board.
The request was denied because the developer, Jim McVey, was seeking special permission to build his road closer to the Eagle River than is normally allowed. Aside from encroaching on the river, nearby homeowners said they were most worried that future tenants of the complex, known as River Quest, would overwhelm their street with traffic, says Riverside Court homeowner Clark Shivley.
“It was great that they determined there were other alternatives for this developer,” Shivley says “It’s something we feel is most beneficial to the safety of people who live on Riverside Court.”
McVey says he’s not angry with the county’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, which made the decision last week.
“I felt I had a very fair hearing and that all members of the board gave due deliberation,” McVey says. “Both my team and my supporters had a chance to express their feelings, as did the owners of Riverside Court.
“That’s what makes a democracy great.”
McVey’s land, on the other side of the Qwest building from the homes on Riverside Court, has been singled out for condos or townhouses since the early 1970s. McVey has tried to build homes on the land before, but ran into similar trouble with the zoning board.
Bob Warner, president of the board, says McVey didn’t provide sufficient evidence to show he needed to build a road closer to the river than what’s specified by the county’s zoning rules.
McVey says he now will try to find another place to build a road to the proposed townhouses, which he plans to sell at lower cost than most others being built in the valley area.
“We’ll see if we can come up with another plan that’s equally attractive and doesn’t threaten any particular group of people,” McVey says. “I guess we’ll be coming off (U.S.) Highway 6 somehow.”
But the threat of another road coming off Highway 6 is what drew others from Eagle-Vail to support McVey’s plan to extend Riverside Court.
Walter Allen, president of the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District, which owns the neighborhood’s golf course, parks and other recreation areas, says another side road would get in the way of a recreation path being built along the north side of Highway 6.
“You would have three points of access across the bike path, which is potentially very hazardous. That tends to negate what we’re spending $500,000 on,” Allen says.
Allen points out the south side of Eagle-Vail has only three streets leading to about 1,450 homes and apartments. On the north side, where Riverside Court is, there are already two side streets for approximately 50 homes.
Furthermore, any road to McVey’s land would likely meet Highway 6 close to the roundabout being built at the end of the Nottingham Ranch Road bridge, now called Post Boulevard.
Riverside Court is cut-off from the rest of Eagle-Vail by the golf course to the east, the Qwest building to the west, the Eagle River to the north and Highway 6 to the south.
The recreation path, which will cross Highway 6 at the newly-installed Stone Creek Drive stoplight, should make it easier for Riverside Court residents to get to the main part of Eagle-Vail.
Shivley says he and some of his neighbors are pleased the zoning board kept the road away from the river.
“We feel for Mr. McVey because he does have a piece of property that is somewhat encumbered, but he does have other alternatives,” Shivley says. “This was a difficult access and I think the board realized that.”
Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at email@example.com.