Guidelines aim to help Edwards gel |

Guidelines aim to help Edwards gel

Chris Outcalt
Edwards, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” After more than a year of planning, county officials have come up with a document they hope will give Edwards, Colorado a more uniform look.

The document officials refer to as the Edwards Design Guidelines is an attempt by the county to provide direction to developers and give the growing unincorporated area the look and feel of a real town.

It covers everything from parking and traffic to architecture, the color of buildings and the use of open space.

“The largest town in Eagle County is not a town at all,” said County Senior Planner Cliff Simonton. “We feel the lack of some level of design guidelines has resulted in a piecemeal approach to development.”

The proposed set of design guidelines would not be rules. The county commissioners would still consider whether future developments gel with the guidelines when approving proposals.

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“It’s not a regulatory document,” Simonton said. “There’s a lot of subjectivity there.”

Residents have an opportunity to comment on the design guidelines at a public hearing on Feb. 4. at the planning commissioner meeting. Comments can also be submitted to Simonton prior to the meeting by calling 328-8751 or sending an e-mail to

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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