Planners give nod to gated community on Chapman
by Rose Egelhoff
The Times-Independent
Jun 28, 2018 | 780 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print


A planned unit development off of Chapman Lane in Spanish Valley was the subject of a public hearing at the Tuesday, June 26 meeting of the Grand County Planning Commission. One member of the public spoke to ask for clarification on how high on the hillside residences might be built. The commission also discussed recommended conditions for approval of the preliminary plan for the PUD.

The PUD is set to have 34 lots on an approximately 50-acre parcel located at 4329 Chapman Lane in Spanish Valley. The property is currently zoned rural residential. County staff recommended that the development be approved and suggested that the planning commission might require a spur road at the end of the possibly gated subdivision to increase connectivity. One house might be built on top of a small bench, impacting neighbors’ view of the slope. However, Ben Byrd, who was representing property owner Craig Parks, said that that house might be built lower down, but if built higher up, would be tucked into the hillside.

Ultimately the planning commission forwarded a favorable recommendation to the county council for approval of the PUD with certain conditions. They stipulated that the development would maintain public access to an equestrian trail near the property to be developed. A spur road running through the property was not required. Instead, the road into the property ends in a cul-de-sac. Byrd said that he preferred a cul-de-sac over a through road because he hoped to build a quiet, residential subdivision free from the noise of ATVs and other vehicles passing through.

“I’m trying to create a quiet neighborhood and the only way I can see to do that is to do a private road and gated [community],” Byrd said, explaining why he hoped to avoid a through-road.

“It sounds like we’re all agreed that [connectivity] is not important,” concurred commission member Kevin Walker.

The commission also set as a condition that Byrd had to finish evaluating the slope on one part of the property that had not been analyzed.

The next step for the PUD is to be approved by the Grand County Council.


Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.