January 11, 2008

Planning commission recommends approval of Elk Falls rezoning

Lynda James

Residents battled a winter storm and road closures to testify at a Park County Planning Commission hearing on the rezoning from residential to agricultural of the Elk Falls Sportmen’s Club’s property adjacent to Elk Falls Ranch subdivision near Shaffers Crossing in northeast Park County on Jan.8. See story below.

(Photo by Lynda James/The Flume)

The Park County Planning Commission recommended approval to the county's Board of County Commissioners for a rezoning from residential to agricultural of a parcel of about 200 acres known as the Elk Falls Sportsmen's Ranch. The property is located adjacent to the Elk Falls Ranch subdivision in northeast Park County.

Vera and Drayton Dunwody are in the process of buying the property to restore the historical buildings as a guest ranch.

Opponents are worried about potential increases in traffic and noise for the community.

Three conditions were placed on the recommendation to approval. They are:

  1. The only permitted uses associated with this Re-Zoning are Agricultural & Ranching and a Guest Ranch.

  2. The applicant can only repair, remodel, or restore the existing structures represented by the applicants' submitted list of structures.

  3. No substantial increase in use or occupancy.

Guffey land

The Planning Commission also recommended denial of a rezoning from Residential to Agricultural of a parcel of 206 acres adjacent in Soda Springs Ranch adjacent to the town of Guffey. The property is owned by Ralston Hills Baptist Church in Arvada.

The resolution recommending denial stated the applicant failed to appear or prove its burden of proof. No representative from the church appeared for the meeting.

Read the full story and recommendations on other applications approved at the hearing in next week's Flume.

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