County nixes ‘double-tall’ at Lazy Glen
November 15, 2006
County commissioners denied Lazy Glen Subdivision residents’ request to add second floors to their homes until there is community consensus on the matter and the subdivision complies with fire, sewer and setback standards.Commissioners continued the decision until their Dec. 20 meeting, giving Lazy Glen residents one month to comply.”If we were living by today’s code there would be no Lazy Glen trailer court,” said County Commissioner Dorothea Farris. The subdivision along Highway 82 near Basalt is tightly packed with trailers and homes in some places 6 feet apart or less.In September, members of the Lazy Glen Homeowners Association first asked commissioners for the right to add second stories, as well as garages that would be exempt from inclusion in the total allowable floor area of a property. Commissioners asked residents in September for strict accounting of the impact of additional floors on the subdivision before the board could grant permission.At Wednesday’s commissioners meeting, members of the homeowners association reported adequate capacity for sewer and promised figures to support their findings. But the Basalt Fire District gave the subdivision’s dry hydrant system a low rating for the needed water pressure to protect against fire. The homeowners association also had not come to consensus on the issue of adding second stories.”We’re heading in the right direction,” said Lazy Glen resident Tom Perry.Tom Smith, a lawyer for the homeowners association, found the initial request for close checks of sewer and fire standards surprising, but said the group is happy to comply.”We want to be safe,” he said, and pledged full cooperation with the fire district.”We need to conduct actual tests,” said Bill Harding, fire marshal of the Basalt Fire District said. The subdivision’s “dry hydrant” system draws water from the subdivision’s central pond. But because of silt or corrosion the system is performing at substandard levels. Harding’s staff will conduct further tests and troubleshoot.”What’s really needed is an overall fire protection plan,” Harding added, citing concerns over the proximity of Lazy Glen homes. He said he looks forward to working with residents to bring the subdivision up to standards.If the commissioners were to grant Lazy Glen residents the right to add a second floor, homes would require a 10-foot setback from adjacent homes, and the homeowners association would handle proposals in a lot-by-lot review.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is email@example.com.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.