County OKs Harvey conservation plan |

County OKs Harvey conservation plan

Eben Harrell
Aspen Times Staff Writer

In what Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield described as an “exciting moment in Pitkin County open space history,” the county commissioners yesterday took the next step in the purchase of a $3 million conservation easement on the Harvey Ranch in Snowmass-Capitol Creek.

On October 6, Connie Harvey, a longtime resident of Pitkin County, signed a contract with the Pitkin County Open Space Board for the sale of a 1,840-acre conservation easement on her ranch. The easement will ensure that the vast majority of the Harvey Ranch remains undeveloped as habitat, agricultural land, and scenic open space.

Yesterday, the board unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the easement.

All that remains is a land-use approval where the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board and the county commissioners agree to Harvey’s plans for six building sites, in addition to two that already exist, on a 524-acre section of the ranch.

Dale Will, the director of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program is confident the final steps of the process will be made without a misstep.

“The open space program has done enough preliminary work with Connie Harvey that we are confident she can find a place for the eight houses that will make everyone happy.”

The board’s approval of the Harvey purchase follows the ground-breaking purchase of a conservation easement on the adjacent Child ranch. If the Harvey deal goes through, a total of 3,320 contiguous acres will be preserved in the Snowmass-Capitol Creek area.

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