This 318 acre project, nestled in one of Colorado’s nicest ski towns included 11 five acre parcels, 3.2 miles of trail system, just over three acres donated to emergency services, and the remainder going to open space.
Broken into three sections running from east to west. The first section consists of undulating topography with native grasses adjacent to low density housing. The second section is a transitional section with a steep 200’ vertical separation covered with scrub oak and native grasses. This is a natural buffer between single family residences on the edge of town and agricultural lands beyond in the third section. The third section, at a much higher elevation, consist of undulating topography with alfalfa fields. View corridors were maintained throughout the project.
In 1995 Colorado’s revised statute for Land Preservation Subdivision Exemption (LPS) was created for 35-acre subdivisions. This was an effort to preserve open space in Colorado. Although the PUD process was used for this development, an effort was made to create as much open space as possible and the model of the LPS was part of the design process along with the local counties master plan. Wildlife habit was maintained for not only migratory sandhill cranes but local elk and deer herds. Included within the project was a 3.2 mile trail, eventually to connect to an extension of the cities trail system. Finally, just over 3 acres were to be donated to local emergency services.