Who’s digging above Berry Creek? | VailDaily.com

Who’s digging above Berry Creek?

Q: It looks like bulldozers are starting the construction of a development up above the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards, above Power Line Road. What’s going on up there?

Some water-well drilling by the land’s owners, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The dirt-moving is on roughly 655 acres of private land known as the Overlook parcel.

The land has historically been controversial ” the U-shaped parcel is completely surrounded by sensitive Forest Service land, and owners of the land have tried unsuccessfully several times to plan development projects there.

“The biggest challenge is access,” said Eagle County Community Development Director Keith Montag. “A road would have to cross through some very critical wildlife area. Getting water and sanitation services up there would also be a challenge.”

Right now the land owners have a temporary permit from the Forest Service to improve the dirt road leading to the property enough to get bulldozers and drills there in order to search for water, said Bill Johnson, land staff for Eagle and Holy Cross.

Owners have applied to the Forest Service for permission develop the road, with the intention to build 19 homes on 35-acre parcels, Johnson said.

The application is still being reviewed.

“It’s not a developable piece in some people’s mind,” Johnson said. “That whole hillside is major deer and elk winter range.”

Any development on the land would also require county approvals, but developers have not submitted any plans to the county so far, Montag said.

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