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No, this project is completely unrelated. The Feister Preserve is a 6.125 acre parcel, owned by the County and located to the south of this proposed project. In 1998, the BOCC granted a conservation easement to the Continental Divide Trust to maintain the Feister Preserve as a conservation area.
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he 2020 Countywide Housing Needs Assessment, found that by 2023 the County would be short 3,066 units for residents earning under 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The study shows the greatest unmet housing needs in the Tenmile Basin are workforce rental housing and entry-level owner-occupied housing.
Currently there are 7 County-owned parcels that are developable, and the County is working to develop them. The remaining land is dedicated Open Space.
The County is proposing 15 units on the Bill’s Ranch site. Initial plans from Norris Design included 22 units – which site designers found fit the surroundings and provides a transition to the greater density of Frisco Bay Townhomes.
The application was submitted in July and sent to all agencies for review and comments. Revisions are underway and the application will be heard by the Ten Mile Planning Commission on September 14, 2023 at a Public Hearing. The Ten Mile Planning commissioners will make a recommendation to the BOCC, who will then hear the application at a future BOCC Regular meeting.
Miners Creek Road is owned by Summit County Government. Most of the area where the road sits in located within interstitial parcels that the County acquired in 1992 from Richard Blumenheim.
The road is not currently on the list of County maintained roads. However, since 1993 the County has provided occasional assistance with snowplowing and road maintenance when possible.
The County is working with a consultant to design 3 options to improve Miners Creek Rd., all of which include traffic calming, drainage improvements, and an adjacent soft surface trail.
Improving the drainage may include narrowing the travel way and building a ditch adjacent to the road to hold runoff.
No, the proposed density of 15 units does not require improvements as part of the rezoning hearing.
The County has yet to make a final decision as to whether it will keep or tear down the existing cabin.
The County’s code requires an applicant to conduct a wetland delineation, if required by the County’s Planning Department. Since the applicant is the County, the Housing Department hired Alpine Eco to conduct the delineation. Alpine Eco visited the project site and found no wetlands.
The Housing Department has hired a professional engineer to evaluate and design drainage. Those designs will then be reviewed and evaluated by the County’s Engineering Department.
The proposed area for snow storage will be evaluated by the County’s Planning Department to determine if the area is sufficient.
If rezoning is approved, the County’s Housing Department will apply for a Site Plan and Townhouse Plat. If those are approved, the applicant may then submit for building permits for the proposed number of units that are approved to be built.
Units are proposed to be priced using an Area Median Income (AMI) of 100%. In 2023, 100% AMI units are priced at $340,065 for a one-bedroom and $421,946 for a two-bedroom.
In one of the earlier design concepts, the County proposed a mix of duplexes and single-family units on the site. Conversations with members of the Bill’s Ranch community indicated that single-family cabins were preferred, as a better fit with the aesthetics of the neighborhood.
For resident parking, a minimum of two parking spaces will be required for each unit with garages and private driveways provided to serve each individual lot. Parking for guests will be accommodated within the private driveway areas, consistent with the County parking standards for single-family residential development. The specific number and location of spots will be identified in the site plan and plat process.
The overhead powerlines that are on the proposed development parcel will likely be buried as part of this project, pending a final determination once comments are received from Xcel. While the power lines that run parallel to Miners Creek Rd. on the Frisco Bay side are not planned to be buried as part of this project, the County is open to partnering with the community to facilitate this in the future.