Eagle County review delayed until Dec. 1 on The Fields in El Jebel | AspenTimes.com

Eagle County review delayed until Dec. 1 on The Fields in El Jebel

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Opponents of The Fields, a project in the El Jebel, are trying to make area residents aware of the proposal. This sign erected on Valley Road across from the site warns of the traffic the subdivision would generate.
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Eagle County abruptly decided Wednesday to delay the review of a development application in the El Jebel area.

The Eagle County commissioners were scheduled to resume the review of The Fields in a meeting in El Jebel Thursday. However, the county administration sent an email Wednesday afternoon that said it would table the review until Dec. 1 to make sure a 15-day legal notice of the meeting was properly met. No meeting will be held Thursday.

The Fields is proposed on 19.39 acres near the intersection of Highway 82 and Valley Road, across the highway from Blue Lake. The applicant has applied to build between 97 to 110 residences. Between 24 and 27 would deed-restricted affordable housing, meeting the county’s guideline for 25 percent affordable housing.

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission voted 4-1 in December to recommend to the commissioners to deny the project. The density and associated issues, such as traffic, were cited as problems.

The hearings by the planning commission attracted residents who urged the commission to preserve the quality of life and character of the midvalley against audience members who urged approval of the project to gain the affordable housing.

The county commissioners held a hearing on April 12 then requested a continuance so that additional information could be gathered from the Colorado Department of Transportation and other agencies.

The applicants have proposed a traffic mitigation strategy for the intersection of Highway 82 and El Jebel that “has been determined to be inadequate to fully mitigate the traffic impacts caused by this proposed development but has been determined by staff to be an improvement to the current conditions existing,” according to the planning staff memo to the commissioners.

“These changes to the proposal have resulted in staff changing their recommendation from denial to approval with conditions,” the staff memo said.

The Fields application is available for review at http://www.eaglecounty.us/Planning/Active_Land_Use_Applications. Comments on the file can be submitted to planningcomments@eaglecounty.us. For more information, contact Eagle County Planner Adam Palmer at 970-328-8734.


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