Subdividing mobile home park is on track |

Subdividing mobile home park is on track

Jeremy Heiman

A plan to subdivide the Woody Creek Mobile Home Park into 60 individual lots was sent forward by Pitkin County’s Planning and Zoning Board Tuesday.But numerous changes to the plan will be required by the county. In particular, the applicant must present a replacement plan for the park’s sewage treatment plant, officials say.The park now has 54 mobile home pads. The owner of the park, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, has asked to eliminate five pads and increase the number of lots to 60 by creating 11 new lots on a vacant parcel of adjacent land.Four of the lots to be eliminated, located behind the Woody Creek Tavern, would be converted to open space and parking.The mobile home park’s sewage treatment system is a small sewer plant with an underground leach field for secondary treatment. The system has been in trouble off and on for 11 years, said Tom Dunlop, Pitkin County’s director of environmental health.Sewage has pooled on the ground surface several times, most recently last year, Dunlop said. The county repeatedly red-tagged the system as a result, but the previous owner did not correct the problems. Dunlop hopes the Housing Authority will be more responsive.”I encouraged them to get cranking on it,” he said.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which has oversight over such problems, may begin to assert its authority, Dunlop said.”The state health department has gone along with us doing Band-Aid fixes on it in the past,” he said, but he doesn’t expect that to continue.Dunlop has said the sewer plant must be replaced, but he said he believes the existing leach field, an underground arrangement of clay pipes, can still be used. With construction to be preceded by engineering and an application to the state health department, it’s conceivable that replacing the plant could take as long as two years, Dunlop said.Pitkin County’s planning staff has indicated the Housing Authority will need to solve a number of other problems before the application can go to the next level of the process.Among the other issues to be resolved are: Location of an eight-inch water line from a supply tank to the property. A specific plan for water system improvements. Redesign of a cul-de-sac to accommodate fire trucks. Relocation of the RFTA bus stop at the Woody Creek Tavern. A dust abatement plan. Assurance that the 11 new lots will have solar access. Location of refuse centers in both new and existing parts of the park. Identification of all proposed additional parking. The ultimate approval of the subdivision will hinge upon compliance with pages and pages of conditions, said P&Z Chairman Peter Martin.”Everyone recognized that this is going to be a tedious process,” Martin said.

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