A map of the proposed Flying M Ranch PUD near Glenwood Springs.

Flying M Ranch PUD rezoning hearing continued

Commissioners requested a site visit of proposed project south of Glenwood Springs

October 5, 2023

The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has requested a site visit for a rezoning application of a proposed housing development south of Glenwood Springs. Flying M Ranch has applied for the rezoning of two lots, encompassing roughly 34 acres, located off County Road 154 in the Eastbank Minor Subdivision, near the Riverview School.

Currently zoned as rural, the application is to rezone the two lots to a Planned Unit Development (PUD). According to the application, the proposed uses include 146 two-story market-rate rental townhomes; 12 townhomes exclusively available to Roaring Fork School District employees; 10 accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the commercial district; eight home sites with ADUs in a single-family residential zone; a preliminary estimate of 12 deed-restricted affordable rental townhome units, depending on final unit counts; and potentially a 12-bed hospice home with two worker dwelling units.

On June 28, 2023, the Garfield County Planning Commission made a motion for recommendation of approval, with suggested conditions, such as no on-street parking and that the applicant provide detailed plans for recreational amenities and parks on site, among others.

“I want to thank everyone for being polite and respectful of everybody’s opinions,” said Commissioner Mike Samson. “This is democracy in action, this is the people coming together and expressing their views on things. I have a lot to think about and I’m going to need more time.”

The BOCC requested a site visit for Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., and continued the public hearing until Monday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the site visit, but no public comment will be taken at that location.

“The site visit is to gather information and it becomes part of the public record, and we will still take public comment on Nov. 13, after we have presentation from the applicant and from staff, and questions answered, etc.,” added Commissioner John Martin. “We can take public comment after that.”