Review of Maroon Creek development continued to December
September 16, 2009
PITKIN COUNTY – The review of a controversial development proposal in the Maroon Creek Valley was continued Tuesday until Dec. 10.
Celestial Land Co. is seeking approval for a 15,000-square-foot house near the T Lazy 7 Ranch. The plan, dubbed the Eagle’s Nest residence, is opposed by four neighboring landowners. They claim the new house could alter debris flow from steep terrain in the narrow valley and adversely affect their property.
Celestial Land Co.’s partners included Robert Friedland, a billionaire mining magnate, at least until recently. Representatives of the company said Friedland sold his interest in the company last month.
The opponents of the proposal include the Roaring Fork Land and Cattle Co., a company owned by Tom and Margot Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain. The Pritzkers have approval to build a house on adjacent property.
Pitkin County land use review hearing officer James R. True approved a county planning staff request to continue the hearing to study the debris flow issue more thoroughly. The county is consulting with the Colorado Geological Survey for an assessment of Celestial Land Co.’s plan to handle potential debris flows.