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Eagle County hears nothing from Homestead

EDWARDS, Colorado – Homestead apparently needed more time before declaring what part it’ll play in an Edwards open space deal.

The county commissioners had given Homestead’s homeowners association until Friday to decide whether it wanted to be part of a $3.25 million open space deal. By closing time Friday, the county attorney’s office had received no word from Homestead.

County Commissioner Peter Runyon lives in Homestead and said he doesn’t understand their reluctance.

“We’re spending three and a quarter million dollars to keep as many as 150 homes from being built up there,” Runyon said.

The 160 acres, along with Homestead’s 400 acres of open space would go under conservation easements, if the deal comes together. That would help preserve the Lake Creek valley and could be key to preserving thousands more acres of open space, Runyon said.

“This is the first piece and a possible linchpin to the entire Lake Creek Valley, to keep it as undeveloped as possible for our future,” Runyon said.

Homestead’s open space guarantees the community a seat at the table for future land use discussions, said Homestead resident Buddy Shipley. Putting it all under a conservation easement now would forfeit that seat, he said

“Why would we do that? If we give away all we own we have nothing for a bargaining chip down the road,” Shipley said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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