County approves White Horse preliminary plat on split vote
by Craig Bigler, contributing writer
Apr 24, 2008 | 480 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Grand County Council, at its April 8 meeting, voted 5-2 to approve the preliminary plat for the White Horse planned unit development. Council members Audrey Graham and Joette Langianese voted no, citing access issues, which dominated the discussion.

    Councilman Jim Lewis noted concerns expressed by adjacent property owners that the sole access to the 33-unit planned unit development will be on Chapman Lane, a big change to a dead-end street in a quiet, rural setting. He also noted that the owner of one adjacent land parcel may not have the access needed to subdivide that property.

    In the discussion, council members said similar problems would not arise under the county's new land use code, but the White Horse project has vested rights under the county's old land use code.

    The Grand County Planning and Zoning Commission determined that access from Chapman Lane satisfied the requirements of the old code, according to Grand County Community Development Coordinator Mary Hofhine.

    When Lewis asked if access to the adjacent property would be possible without the purchase of additional land, Hofhine and Grand County Planner Kristine Killoy both said it would not. Councilman Bob Greenberg pointed out that access to the property may be possible on the right-of-way owned by the Grand Water and Sewer Service District.

    Graham said that the issues could be addressed at this, the pre-plat stage, if the developer would take the time to redesign the project. She suggested that reducing the development by one or two lots would resolve the issues with neighbors.

    Noting that overnight rentals are prohibited because they cause too much traffic, Lewis said that time-shares also create additional traffic. Hofhine responded that if time-share is an overnight rental, it must be zoned for that purpose.

    After council member learned that the water source for the GWSSD well will be protected by installation of sewer pipe that meets more stringent regulations to assure no leakage occurs, councilman Jerry McNeely moved to approve the plat.

    McNeely's motion died for lack of a second because other members thought it did not include sufficient stipulations for compliance with engineering, protection of the water source, and other necessary approvals. A new motion made by Greenberg was passed, with the stipulations.

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