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Eagle County commissioners postpone El Jebel-area Tree Farm project hearing

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Proposed land use for the tree farm in Basalt.
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UPDATE: The May 8 hearing on the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary plan will be postponed at the applicant’s request.

In making the request, an email from the developer to the county included the following statement: “We feel that there are still several loose ends that need to be addressed. We had hoped to have all materials to the Board today in order to give them adequate time for review prior to the hearing, but that is not possible. Out of respect for everyone’s time, we believe it is prudent to table at this point.”

A new hearing date is expected to be determined at this evening’s tabling. Once confirmed, the date will be posted online.

The project has been controversial. Land owner Ace Lane and his Woody Ventures LLC are proposing 340 residences and about 135,000 square feet of commercial space, including a hotel. Lane’s property is on the north side of Highway 82, across from Whole Foods Market.

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission and town of Basalt are urging denial because of the size and impacts. Some members of the public because of the affordable housing component support the project, but opposition has been widespread.

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