WestPac preparing Bair Chase plan | AspenTimes.com

WestPac preparing Bair Chase plan

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The company behind the proposed development of the former Bair Chase property is readying its sketch plan for hundreds of housing units on the property.

Rocky Shepard, project manager for Related WestPac, said the company expects to submit its plan to the county’s building and planning department next week, ahead of the Garfield County commissioners’ consideration of changing the property’s zoning to the highest urban density allowed in the county later this month.

The sketch plan calls for 979 housing units in 474 buildings, Shepard said. A third of the housing units are single-family homes, while the other third of the housing units are multi-family housing such as duplexes and townhomes.

The property consists of 282 acres and is located near the Cattle Creek turnoff between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. The development is now referred to as Cattle Creek Crossing.

Commissioners were expected to consider rezoning the property to the highest urban density allowed in the county during a commissioners’ meeting last month. But because Commissioner Larry McCown was out of town, they instead decided to continue a public hearing about the matter to Feb. 19.

That hearing is scheduled to start about 1:15 p.m., said Fred Jarman, Garfield County’s building and planning director.

Dozens of area residents spoke before the Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission last month to sound off on the proposed zoning change. Many of those who spoke opposed the zoning change.

However, commission members eventually voted in favor of rezoning the property to the highest urban density allowed in the county after a lengthy debate about affordable housing in the county.

Planning commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the rezoning. County commissioners can either approve or deny the planning commission’s recommendation.

Garfield County commissioners unanimously agreed to return to the rezoning process in early December, based on a request by Related WestPac. The company made the request after some area residents contended county commissioners rezoned the property in April without providing proper public notice.

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