Stone Ridge Dormant
May 27, 2011
Despite public input sessions, outlines, planning meetings and over two years of discussions, the proposed Stone Ridge development on 300 acres abutting Trailside and Silver Summit parkway has slid of the radar.
Specifications of the development have been frequently altered since being filed in 2008, when it consisted of 240 units, 81 of which would be workforce housing. The most recent proposal submitted to the County Planning Commission in November of 2010 consisted of 250 units with 65 reserved for workforce housing.
After almost nine months of inactivity, the planning commission had discussed closing the application when tentative discussions began again with the developers. That was in January. Since then the Planning Commission has not heard anything new from the developers and is waiting for them to take the next step, one that involves considerable financial commitment. A commitment that some close to the project doubt will ever be taken.
Cedar Jordan, whose company High Elk Construction was involved in the potential development of the site said he knows of no new plans for the development.
The project faced steep opposition from surrounding subdivisions including Old Ranch Road, Trailside and Silver Summit. "Residents said it was too much density and creating sprawl in the area. People were also concerned about the impact workforce housing would have on the neighborhood," said County Planner Kimber Gabryszak.
The neighbors opposed to the project created a Facebook page titled "Neighbors Against Stone Ridge." The group’s mission is to "Create a place where residents in Silver Summit, Trailside, Highland Estates, Old Ranch Road, and anyone concerned about the impact this high-density development will have on our neighborhoods, roads, schools and open space can share opinions and start discussions." The group may have been victorious.
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The project has sought to fulfill Summit Counties need to increase workforce housing, as the county commission and planning board set a goal to add 250 workforce units by 2011. As no new additional workforce houses have been built since the county set this goal, it is in the process of being re-evaluated and assessed said Gabryszak.
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