Public can still comment on Edwards road
Edwards, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado ” It’s not too late to voice an opinion on a proposal to build a road across U.S. Forest Service land in Edwards.
An initial public comment period on the proposal that would access a proposed development on a site known as the Overlook parcel is almost over. But officials said they’ll take input on the project anytime and plan to hold a public meeting in a few months.
“The important thing is that it’s just the first step,” said District Ranger Brian Lloyd. “The public will have at least one other opportunity to comment.”
A private developer wants to build 19 residential lots on a 680-acre parcel northwest of Berry Creek Road. The land is surrounded by national forest and the developer needs approval from the Forest Service to build a road to the development.
The Forest Service has been gathering input on the project for several weeks during what the agency calls a “scoping” period. The amount of response has been pretty good, Lloyd said.
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About 35 people have responded ” most to say they are opposed to the idea because they use the area for recreation, Lloyd said.
Nothing the Forest Service didn’t already know has been raised through comments, he said.
“We get a lot of that and it’s good to know,” he said. “What we’re looking for are substantial comments ” what are the scientific or legal reasons for not doing this.”
The Forest Service can’t deny approval for the road ” the land is private and the developer has legal rights to build on it, Lloyd said.
The agency can restrict where and what kind of road gets built.
“Compared to most projects we do, we’ve gotten a good response,” he said.
The Forest Service will incorporate the suggestions into an environmental study. The environmental work should be finished in a few months, Lloyd said.
“When that’s released, we’ll go out for another public comment period,” he said. “That’s the time for the public to be engaged. What’s most helpful is having substantial comment, it’s not a vote for or against.”
The initial comment period on the project ends Friday.
Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write: Brian Lloyd, District Ranger, Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO