‘Traffic, wildlife and septic tanks’ halt subdivision
EAGLE COUNTY ” The Eagle County Planning Commission has sent the Adam’s Rib Upper and Lower Ranch development back to the drawing board.
The commission voted last week to table plans for the project indefinitely. The intent is to allow the developer, the Kummer Development Corporation, to revise plans and to address concerns raised by county staff and other agencies.
“It was pretty much the same concerns we always have out there ” traffic, wildlife, and septic tanks,” Planning Commission Chairman John King said.
Kummer was proposing a gated subdivision with 114 single-family lots on 1,034 acres of land on lower Brush Creek, south of Eagle. The property is located about 3.5 miles southeast of Eagle, between the old town water tank and the Hardscrabble Road turn-off.
The plan states that the project is designed to be a “Mountain Star of Pilgrim Downs” type development (referring to projects in Avon and Lake Creek, respectively). Both of those projects are upper-end, gated communities. Kummer has proposed various development projects on the property since 1982.
The Eagle County Community Development staff had recommended denial of the Ranch project. County planners raised a number of concerns, including the number of long, dead-end roads; the developer’s intent to install individual sewage disposal systems; and the spread-out placement of homes.
The planners also raised the issue of “leap-frog development,” noting that there is a large parcel of undeveloped land in between the town of Eagle boundary and the proposed project.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife raised concerns over the impacts of the development on wildlife, noting that a number of the lots are in critical deer and elk winter range or riverbank areas.
The Town of Eagle weighed in the strongest objections, arguing that the “trophy home” nature of the development was contrary to the town’s growth policies.