Proposed Heritage Park decision tabled again |

Proposed Heritage Park decision tabled again

Veronica Whitney

Once again, the developer of the proposed Heritage Park residential project near Homestead has asked the Eagle County Planning Commission to table a request for his planned development.

Jim Guida1s proposal is stalled as he tries to work out traffic and density issues with county officers.

3We1re not going to ask the Planning Commission to table again,² Guida said. 3We needed more time to study the project, to meet with the neighbors and to make the right decisions.²

The Community Development Department of Eagle County is reviewing Guida1s most recent submittal, which this time doesn1t include the 18 lock-off apartments that were part of the original proposal, reducing density from 44 to 26 units.

The Planning Commission was expected to vote today on the project. Instead, a decision is now expected on April 17.

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After reviewing the development1s sketch plan, staff at the Community Development Department recommended denial of the project. In a report to the planning commission, the staff agreed that as proposed, the 44-unit development on what is known as The Allen Tract was not compatible with the character of surrounding land uses in all directions.

The proposed development has to be consistent both with the Eagle County Master Plan and the Future Land Use Map of the Master Plan, said county Planner Matt Gennett.

Neighbors in Homestead have sent dozens of letters to county officials opposing the development because of density and traffic issues. Homestead neighbors contend that the land is bordered by single-family homes on Allen Circle and Lathrop Lane and by duplexes on the opposite site on Upper Meile Lane and Edwards Village Boulevard.

3With the reduction to 26 units, we feel really good about the project,²

Guida said.

Guida also said he1s been meeting with Homestead residents to talk of possible changes to the project.

3He1s moving in the right direction,² Gennett said. 3But the access point still is the biggest hurdle. We1re still working on that.²

The project has been reviewed by county planners and needs approval from the county commissioners before the developer can apply for a change in the zoning district.

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