Developer withdraws zone change application
by Rudy Herndon
Staff Writer
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At least one opponent of a proposed Spanish Valley subdivision apparently planned to celebrate on Oct. 1, after a representative for Red Rock Partners announced the developer was withdrawing an application for a zoning change. Photo by Rudy Herndon
At least one opponent of a proposed Spanish Valley subdivision apparently planned to celebrate on Oct. 1, after a representative for Red Rock Partners announced the developer was withdrawing an application for a zoning change. Photo by Rudy Herndon
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Red Rock Partners LLC will have to find another use for its Murphy Lane property.

The developer formally withdrew its application this week to change the zoning of the 17.17-acre Spanish Valley parcel from rural residential to small lot residential.

The Grand County Council had been scheduled to vote on the company’s request at its Oct. 1 meeting. But Red Rock Partners Manager Randy Day told the board that the group decided to cancel the proposed development after taking differing opinions about the project into consideration.

The announcement marked the fourth time that a developer’s plans for the property at the southeastern corner of Murphy Lane and Cedar Hills Road have fallen through.

Area residents opposed the latest rezoning proposal on the grounds that it would change the rural character of their neighborhood. Among other things, neighboring residents said they feared the residential subdivision would place greater demands on the area’s limited infrastructure, while setting a precedent for high-density development in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Under the property’s current zoning designation, the developer can build up to 1.6 dwellings per acre.

Red Rock Partners initially sought a change that would have allowed it to build up to eight units per acre. However, Day repeatedly said his company planned to cap its development at three homes per acre, or 50 to 55 homes altogether.

According to Day, Red Rock Partners envisioned a subdivision that was not unlike two other parcels of land that are located less than a quarter of a mile away from the Murphy Lane property.

As the company developed the proposal, Day said it took the area’s infrastructure into consideration. Red Rock Partners concluded that its plan was sensible and could meet the county’s future housing needs, he said.

“But we are respectful and sensitive of the opinions expressed by neighboring residents and other concerned parties,” Day said. “We recognize that there are many who are not convinced that there is a growing demand for the type of housing that we propose to develop on our site, and that we may well be ahead of our time.”

Opponents of the plan had the opportunity to voice their concerns at the county council’s previous meeting on Sept. 17. Many of them returned to the council chambers on Oct. 1, but they began to stream out of the room immediately after Day announced that the rezone request was being withdrawn.

At least one person was clearly in the mood to celebrate, judging by the note she or he posted near the entryway:

“Randy withdrew his proposal TX! Brewery? Anyone?”

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