El Jebel mobile home park expansion gets key endorsements
A proposal to expand the El Jebel Mobile Home Park got a boost this week when both the town of Basalt and Eagle County planning staff endorsed the project.
Crawford Properties LLC applied to add 46 mobile homes to the existing 298 units in the heart of El Jebel. The mobile home park is one of the biggest free-market affordable-housing enclaves in the valley.
Crawford Properties President and CEO Robert Hubbell previously said all 46 units would be rentals because his company sees such high demand for the units it already rents. While only 12 of the new units would be deed restricted as affordable housing, the company will rent all of them at rents below market rates, he said.
The expansion is proposed west of the existing El Jebel ball diamond and north of El Jebel. Much of the expansion area is the site of a former parking lot for the public bus system.
The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will review the proposal today. That volunteer board advises the Eagle County commissioners on land-use issues in the Roaring Fork Valley portion of the county.
As part of the review, the county planning staff is recommending approval with conditions to a special-use permit for expansion of the mobile home park.
Eagle County planner Scot Hunn wrote in a memo to the planning commission that the staff feels the proposal is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. “Further, staff believes the proposed design and scale of the proposed use will have minimal impacts on land, services or infrastructure in the area,” Hunn wrote. “The location of the proposed expansion is in close proximity to the core of El Jebel and provides opportunities for mass transit as well as a walkable community.”
The town of Basalt also supports the proposal. Eagle County and Basalt have an agreement that allows them to review major projects in the other’s jurisdiction and make referral comments.
“The Town P&Z feels that this site is an appropriate site for infill residential development, and it is important to recognize that this site is very much different from the site of the proposed Fields Subdivision on the south side of Highway 82,” the town staff wrote in a letter to Eagle County.
Another development proposal up for review by the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission also was endorsed by the county planning staff and Basalt.
Challenge Aspen applied to build a wilderness retreat on its 136-acre Whispering Winds Ranch in Fryingpan Valley. The proposal includes primitive camping in 12 tents, stocked fishing ponds, a climbing tower, a ropes course and a trail system for hiking and hand cycling. Challenge Aspen would use the property to further its mission to assist military veterans and other people who are battling disabilities.
The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. today at the Eagle County office building and community center in El Jebel.
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