Garco commissioners ready for long day on Sanders Ranch plan |

Garco commissioners ready for long day on Sanders Ranch plan

Jim Files

Members of the public will have at least two more chances to speak out for or against the Sanders Ranch project.The controversial development proposal will go before Garfield County commissioners twice on Feb. 8 – during daytime and evening sessions.Developer George Hanlon of Denver won approval last week from the Garfield County Planning Commission, on a 4-3 vote, to build 300,000 square feet of commercial space and 586 houses on 280 acres of land halfway between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.That recommendation now goes to the county commissioners for final approval or denial. They are set to hear another presentation from the developer, a staff report and comments from the public starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in room 300 of the courthouse, 109 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs.Acting Monday on a request from attorney Calvin Lee of the Roaring Crystal Alliance, the commissioners agreed that after hearing all the public comment from individuals attending the morning session, they will recess until 6:30 p.m., and resume taking public input.Lee noted that for the two-night Planning Commission hearing, “it was standing room only.” Those crowds attended in the evening, when people who work during the day could be there. Holding public comment only during working hours might prevent many people from attending, he told commissioners.Since the P&Z action, Lee said he has received calls and comments from “virtually hundreds of people out there not happy with the decision.”In urging the commissioners to extend the public comment period into the evening, and perhaps even into a second day of the week if necessary, Lee predicted the commissioners’ call on the Sanders Ranch proposal will be “the biggest land-use decision this body has ever made or will make in the future.”

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