WestPac unveils Cattle Creek plan
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The company behind the proposed Cattle Creek Crossing development formally submitted its plan to Garfield County on Thursday.
The sketch plan for the 282-acre property between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs calls for 979 units in 474 buildings, of which 10 percent would be deed-restricted affordable housing units. Related WestPac, which filed the plan for the development, is also looking to explore “other means of keeping homes affordable,” according to documents submitted to the county on Thursday.
The company, which is also developing the new Base Village at Snowmass, plans to build the development in five phases over 10 years.
Rocky Shepard, project manager for Related WestPac, said nothing in the sketch plan is different from what the community has already seen. The company made the decision not to make significant changes to its plan because of a Garfield County commissioners’ hearing related to the development that is scheduled for Tuesday.
“We just wanted to resubmit the sketch plan now so that everybody knew what our plans were so that there are not any surprises,” Shepard said.
Commissioners are expected to consider at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday whether to rezone the 282-acre property to the highest urban density allowed in the county.
Commissioners had begun a public hearing on the rezoning matter last month, but decided to delay the hearing until Tuesday because Commissioner Larry McCown was out of town.
Building of the development will occur on 102 acres of the 282-acre development. Fourteen acres of the development are being donated to the Roaring Fork School District for an elementary school and ball fields. Those fields, along with rest room and parking facilities, would be built by the developer, according to the plan.
Housing units in the development would be one-third multi-family units, one-third single-family homes and one-third lofts, townhomes, duplexes and river cottages, according to the plan.
A neighborhood commercial development, which would be about 25,000 square feet, is also proposed. It would include retail options such as a convenience store, bar and grill, or a bike and fishing shop.
Other amenities in the development would include a rebuilt historic barn, a fitness and day care center, a “River Club” community center and an “extensive trails and open space network,” according to the plan.
About 64 percent or 180 acres of the development is for open space and community facilities, along with 24 acres intended for a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bike trail easement.
Related WestPac is working with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to provide a Highway 82 “migration underpass” for elk and use fencing to keep wildlife off the road. It also wants to maintain a sustainable habitat for blue heron, the company said.
Environmental components of the sketch plan include a goal to make the development Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified ” one of the most sought-after environmental certifications for builders.
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.
In December, county commissioners unanimously agreed to return to the rezoning process based on a request by Related WestPac. The company made the request after some area residents contended commissioners rezoned the property last April without providing proper public notice.
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