Concerned residents regarding the proposed development of "Longhorn Ranch Subdivision”

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To: Concerned residents regarding the proposed development of "Longhorn Ranch Subdivision”.

Petition Summary: Please sign below to voice your opposition to the proposed development known as “Longhorn Ranch Subdivision” proposed north of Salida along County Road 160. This opposition is due to major concerns around spot zoning, environmental concerns, water drainage, hydrology, wildlife endangerment and significant detriment to the quality of life of surrounding county residents.

Action Petitioned For: We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens living near the proposed development known as “Longhorn Ranch Subdivision”.
We respectfully request that approval of this subdivision development be denied.

Many residents of the area are very concerned regarding the health and welfare of the area in regards to spot zoning, environmental issues, wildlife, drainage, and sewage.

Longhorn Subdivision Request: To divide 35.10 acres into 14 lots with the minimum being 2.003 acres. Water by wells, wastewater treatment by on-site wastewater systems.Proposed Subdivision plat located here:


Concerns and reasons for denial:

Spot Zoning & Planning Concern:

  • Creation of a Spot Zone: The county would be singling out a small parcel of land for development, completely different from that of the surrounding area, for the benefit of the property owner and to the detriment of other surrounding residents. 
  • Plat Plan Concerns: Plan only offers one road for ingress and egress and does not integrate into city/county road plan. 

Drainage and Water Concerns:

  • Fish Hatchery: The hatchery has spent a lot of time working on water quality.  Water runoff from a subdivision could have an adverse affect. The hatchery is a valuable state resource and this concern warrants a further water quality study.
  • Wetland and Wildlife Endangerment: The proposed subdivision could have direct and indirect potential impacts on the adjacent State Wildlife Area such as altered hydrology, increased pollutant loadings, and buffer encroachment caused by this subdivision. Additionally study of potentially endangered bird species. Warrants further study. 

Potential Sewage Issues:

  • Septic: Feasibility of proposed homes that will have septic systems and groundwater quality. 

Quality of Life Concerns:

  • Little Public Benefit: This subdivision would provide little public benefit, it is inconsistent with the comprehensive plan for affordable housing and sustainable development, and inconsistent with surrounding zoning, and uses.
  • Increased Traffic: Increased traffic for existing residents on CR 160, CR 166, CR 154 and Crestone Mesa Dr.
  • Detriment to Community: This is not a case of NIMBY- residents of the surrounding area chose to reside and purchase property in the country, not a subdivided sea of homes. As residents of this community we are concerned about light pollution, traffic, noise, water pollution and the destruction of the agricultural land we are currently surrounded by. 


Please take the following steps as a fellow concerned citizen:

  1. Sign this petition BEFORE April 11th.
  2. Attend upcoming public Planning Commission Meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 in Room 301 at 6:00 p.m. at 104 Crestone Ave, Salida.
  3. Attend the upcoming County Commissioners Meeting- Tuesday April 11th, 2017 in Room 301 at 9:00 a.m. at 104 Crestone Ave, Salida- THIS MEETING IS MOST IMPORTANT!
  4. Push for water quality and wildlife impact study for the adjacent Fish Hatchery and State Wildlife areas.
  5. Voice your comments to the planning board and county commissioners (this is important!). 

County Commissioners Contact:

  • Dave Potts
    Commissioner District #3
  • Greg Felt
    Commissioner District #2
  • Keith Baker
    Commissioner District #1

Contact the County Planning Commission: Mike Allen, Chair, Karin Adams, Vice-Chair, Rick Shova

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