Planners give nod to gated community on Chapman

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.

ByBy Rose Egelhoff

The Times-Independent