STOP THE OVER DEVELOPMENT THREATENING THE PIKE NATIONAL FOREST / MONUMENT, CO!!!
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Help save the land adjacent to the Pike National Forest, at the base of the foothills in Monument, Colorado. A mass home development partnership, Classic Homes and N.E.S. Inc., Land Development / Architects, are pushing another high density housing development. They are ignorantly moving forward with this development, even violating the Tri Lakes Comprehensive Plan of 2000.
This property is a vast stretch of land that is home to Elk, the endangered Preble Jumping Mouse, Bear, Mountain Lion, Deer, Coyote, and Migrating Birds. If developed, the dramatic effects will be felt by all residents and visitors to the Pike National Forest. This type of development, only designed to maximize the all-mighty dollar, will alter the beauty and the reason that people choose to live/visit Colorado.
Equally as important as the wildlife are the water supply and eminent fire danger:
Water is a Colorado relic, which is leading El Paso County down a road to families without water. Many developers are touting that they have enough water, for these mass developments, because it says so on paper. We live in the marginal zone and thus we will lose water prior to the other areas who live over the deeper parts of the aquifers. Of course in the Forest Lake plan, there is alternate source of water, but it will come at a steep cost.
FACT: Forest Lakes is built on a premise that it would be a “renewal water resource development". The reservoirs would supply water for 467 homes in the final build out. The wells in place would only be used to supplement any potable water required by homes if the reservoirs could not maintain enough water. How can this be guaranteed when it has not been tested?
FACT: Residents of Forest Lakes were sold properties with the implied promise that the lake was for beautification and recreation only. Current residents were told recently that it could go dry, but they had enough well water to keep the lake at a an acceptable level and if not they could drill more wells.
FACT: To date the reservoir at Forest lake has not been used supply potable water to any of the existing homes. Per the 1986 contract with Colorado Springs, the renewable water source is being supplied by 660 af of return flow water which was purchased from Las Vegas Wastewater Treatment Facility (located down stream in Colorado Springs). But in this contract there is a stipulation that if the flow from the creek drops below 5 cfps that Forest Lakes would have to pay for the water or supplement it from the existing wells. It has not been proven to date that this plan will work.
FACT: Drilling more wells into the deeper aquifers is expensive and the need to treat the water is expensive. Water to fill the lakes is lost to evaporation and to seepage that is not addressed. In addition, more wells in close proximity will decrease the amount of water from surrounding wells.
FACT: In 2002 a plan was put forth and passed for the development called Forest Lakes... Many people fought this large development. The aquifers are being depleted and less development is far better for those who have no other means of water, except from existing private wells. It is wrong to penalize the current residents for wanting to protect a very precious resource.
Wild Fire Danger
After lengthy conversation with the Tri Lakes Fire Department Chief, the ONLY thing the FD can do is propose road width and exits... They dont even have ability to require fire hydrants, locations, or volume of flow.
Additionally, but with no authority, the Tri County Fire Chief is VERY concerned about the urban wildland interface, and the proximity of the newly proposed houses to the forest/ forest service land.
Lastly, the FD gets nothing from the developers for the "additional load" the development places on the district. The cheif has been/ is very interested in getting a fire station in this area.. But unlike school districts who get a portion of land or a financial stipend - this is not the case fire districts.
Currently, the expected response time is 7-10 minutes in this development... IF the response team is NOT on a prior call. The Tri Lakes Fire Department district is quite understaffed for the expanse and growing population of the district
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