ESTATES AT FAIRWAY
The BOCC denied a request by local developer Jim Willey to approve the Final Development Plan and Final PUD for the Estates at Fairway Pines.
The preliminary development plan had been initially granted with conditions by the BOCC on June 9, 2003, and the county had granted an extension of the deadline of last December up to the end of this year. But the removal of "a great deal" of gravel was not completed; and rocks were left standing on one of the fairways, and the gravel pit has yet to be converted into a lake.
"Staff believes the site should be cleared of gravel and final graded to meet this condition."
The applicant was also unable to enter into the required service agreement with the Sanitation District formed to provide centralized sewage disposal for the subdivision. The developer requested (and was denied) approval of individual septic systems with leach fields to temporarily address the problem.
Sanitation District representative David Reed said, however, that the sewers now in the ground are not in accordance with the PUD — or the district requirements. "There is a violation and there's a default with the district," he said. "We have conditions that there are violations of the PUD and that the county will have to rescind. Errors and omissions continue to be discovered." The county concurred with the planning commission, denying the final plat based upon these two principal conditions not being met.
VISUAL IMPACT REGS
A request for an exemption of the county visual impact regulations for a
3.7 mile corridor on County Road 1 was denied, preserving the enforceability of "criteria and standards" on the west side of the county road. Developer Randall Fischer had applied for the exemption alleging that the law's standards were inequitable, due to the considerably higher density of home sites in the Fairway Pines subdivision on the east side of the road.
Fischer's land is situated on 1:35 acre density (one home per 35 acres of land) while Fairway Pines lots range from one to two acres (but are situated in a heavily forested section of the development). The county announced its decision after reviewing the testimony and findings of the land use staff at public hearings on July 11, August 8 and a work session with county attorney Pat Crossley on August 15.
Fischer now says he intends to apply for a 1:6 acre zoning change, as the next step in his plans to develop the property.
REZONING APPROVED IN
SOUTH MESA ZONE
A rezoning of 72 acres from 1:35 to 1:6 acre density was approved for Fisher Canyon Creek Partners in the South Mesa Zone. The land in question is the subject of a swap with the Thomas Ranch. The trade involved "only a net gain of two acres of South Mesa Zone, but we gave up 20 acres," said representative Eric Lederer. The land had been delineated "foothills" under an earlier law that was changed following a complete re-zoning of the county during the 2000-2001 period.