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A 1000 homes in Wolcott?

EDWARD STONEReagle county correspondent

WOLCOTT – The sheep pastures of Wolcott remain a throwback to the days before skiing came to Eagle County.But Steve Jouflas, whose ranching family has owned most of Wolcott’s valley floor for almost 70 years, said he knows it can’t stay that way.”If you look at evolution of the county, it’s not a place for agriculture any more,” Jouflas said.Unincorporated Wolcott – in a valley of several hundred acres along the interstate between the growing towns of Edwards and Eagle – will be home to more people in the coming years, Jouflas said. Jouflas said his family doesn’t want to see all second-home owners in Wolcott.The Jouflases are working with the county to create a plan for what Wolcott will grow into. With hundreds of acres of undeveloped, flat land in the center of the valley – almost all owned by one family that’s willing to work with the county – some call it a one-of-a-kind opportunity.”We really want Wolcott to be a posterchild of good development,” said Cliff Simonton, a planner with the county.County planners have developed three scenarios for Wolcott:• A “rural center,” with about one-third of the valley floor developed. It would have 500 to 800 homes, with open space remaining the “dominant feature.”• A “community center,” with about half the valley floor developed and 800 to 1,200 homes. There would also be open space and parks.• A “town center,” with almost all of the valley floor developed and 1,200-1,600 homes. There would be a high-density “downtown” area as well as parks, trails and some open space.All of the plans would include an elementary school.

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