Tree Farm project in El Jebel set for review June 4 |

Tree Farm project in El Jebel set for review June 4

Staff report

Eagle County’s review of an El Jebel-area development proposal for 400 residences and about 135,000 square feet of commercial space will begin June 4.

The Tree Farm planned-unit development will go to the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission for the second of three necessary reviews. This step is called preliminary plan review.

The Tree Farm project is located across Highway 82 from Whole Foods Market. Landowner Ace Lane’s Kodiak Lake water-skiing facility is located on part of the site.

The planning commissioners will tour the site at 401 Tree Farm Drive at 2:30 p.m. A public hearing will follow beginning at 4 p.m. in the Eagle County building at Crown Mountain Park.

“This is the first of several anticipated hearings on the preliminary plan,” Eagle County said in a news statement. The planning commission will advise the county commissioners on the project. The commissioners will undertake their own review.

In addition to the residences and commercial space, the project proposal is for 42 acres of active and passive open space, and continued use for a tree farm and nursery.

The project received first-round approval in 2009 from the planning commission and county commissioners. The sketch plan approval was extended twice by the county during the recession, when Lane and his Woody Ventures LLC couldn’t advance because of lack of demand and the general state of the economy.

The application and staff report are available for review online at _Land_Use_Applications. Comments about the project can be sent to