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Eagle community plan gets new consultant

EAGLE ” The update for the Eagle Area Community Plan is again under way with a new consultant at the helm.

The town recently signed a contract with Design Workshop, an Austin, Texas-based company that has offices in Aspen. The group will take over the project from Design Studio West, a consultant that began the area plan update, but parted ways with the town when the update effort stalled.

Eagle Town Planner Bill Gray said the new consultant has local land-use experience that will prove valuable in the Eagle Area Community Plan update. One of the firm’s employees is a former Eagle County planner, who was instrumental in writing the county’s comprehensive master plan.

The town is upping the amount of money it will pay for the update. The original budget for the effort was $50,000, and it included having town and county staff complete a significant amount of the work. Now, the town is looking at an additional $60,000 to $100,000 to get the plans finalized.

Gray said the town hopes to complete the update by the spring of 2008.

GYPSUM ” The Gypsum Town Council last week turned down a liquor license request from Hugo Parra, operator of Ranch Viejo Restaurant and Sports Bar in Edwards.

Parra had proposed building La Hacienda ” a restaurant, bar and dance hall, in the Airport Gateway subdivision.

The proposed two-story building was more than 5,500 square feet big and would have been located at the corner of Earhart and Lindbergh drives.

After researching the applicant’s record with regard to his Edwards operation, council voted to deny the liquor license request. Council cited several police reports pertaining to the Edwards bar. “They felt it was not in the best interest of the community to approve it,” said Gypsum town manager Jeff Shroll.

Council members also voiced reservations regarding the relatively remote location proposed for the operation. While it would avoid any conflict with residential development, council members noted the site would only be accessible by vehicle and could result in alcohol-related driving incidents.

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