Volume No. 18 Issue No. 9 September 2021  



  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

     Deborah and Edward Ritchy property
   The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Deborah and Edward Ritchy for a variance of use to allow a 20-acre parcel, zoned residential rural-5, to be used as a business event center. The property is located about 0.25 miles north of the Goshawk Road and Hodgen Road intersection and is currently developed with a single-family dwelling, two livestock barns and two outbuildings. The variance allows for the existing 1,488-square-foot barn to be used as a wedding and reception event space, called Black Forest Meadows.
   
   Falcon Park N Ride project
   The commissioners unanimously awarded a contract amendment and change order to Alfred Benesch & Co. for construction management, inspection activities and public relation services for Meridian Road/Falcon Park N Ride improvements for $283,310. This is the third amendment to the contract since the initial contract was awarded to the same company in 2019. The original contract amount was for $727,241; the first amendment added $34,714.70 to that amount, and the second added $12,770, for a total contract amount of $1,058,034.70.
   
   Circle A minor subdivision
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request from Andres Daniel B Trust for a minor subdivision to create three single-family lots on a 14.87-acre property. The property, zoned RR-5, is located on the west side of Goshawk Road, about 0.5 miles north of Hodgen Road.
   
   Norwood Foundation property
   The commissioners unanimously approved a request by Norwood Foundation to rezone 313.774 acres from planned unit development to RR-5. The property is located west of Goodson Road and about 1.1 miles north of the Meridian Road and Ayer Road intersection.
   
   Meridian Ranch subdivision
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request by Meridian Ranch Investments Inc. for a sketch plan amendment to 197 acres of the Meridian Ranch subdivision. The amendment increases the maximum residential density from 4,500 to 5,000 dwelling units for the entire acreage. It also re-designates 152 of the 197 acres from a maximum density of two dwelling units per acre to four dwelling units per acre; re-designates 45 of the 197 acres from a maximum density of three dwelling units per acre to nine dwelling units per acre; and adds a 3-acre neighborhood park. The property is currently zoned PUD and is located about 0.25 miles west of Eastonville Road and about 1 mile north of the Eastonville Road and Stapleton Drive intersection.
 
 
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