Small subdivision approved for longtime local Harvey
The Pitkin County Commissioners Wednesday approved a small subdivision application submitted by longtime Aspenite Connie Harvey.
Harvey’s 57-acre Maroon Creek property will be divided into three parcels, all of which are to remain in her family. Two small parcels carved off the land are approved as building sites for new houses, while an existing home and a grouping of outbuildings will remain on the larger parcel.
The application called for a one-acre parcel to be created on the bench above the creek to the south, near Chatfield Drive, and a two-acre building lot in a pasture in the creek bottom. Suzanne Wolff, a planner for the county, said a determination will be made later as to whether the 54-acre main parcel can legally be further subdivided in the future.
Attorney Herb Klein, representing the Zoline family, owners of the Burlingame Ranch across Maroon Creek, voiced concern about the handling of sewage from the two new houses. Land-use consultant Sunny Vann, representing Harvey, told the commissioners that burying a sewer line connecting to the Aspen Consolidated Sanitary District could damage wetlands, and a septic system would be built instead.
But Klein had not come to try to stop the application.
“The Zoline family is not opposed to this development,” he said. “We just want to make sure it’s done in an environmentally sound way.”
Commission Chairman Mick Ireland asked Vann for assurance that the wetland vegetation would not be destroyed or damaged. Vann said the applicant would agree not to disturb any vegetation at all outside the building envelope, the area designated for construction of a house and other structures. Ireland observed that the residents probably should be permitted to disturb vegetation to the extent of controlling noxious weeds on the property.
The commissioners approved the application unanimously. Numerous conditions apply to the subdivision.
A 5,750-square-foot house can be built on the one-acre lot, and the two-acre lot is approved for a maximum of a 5,000-square-foot house.
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