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Eagle County: Thousands of homes could be built

SCOTT N. MILLEREagle County correspondent

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County’s planning department has updated its estimate of how many homes could be built in all areas of the county with no legal action on behalf of the developer except getting a building permit. The number has dropped a bit from last year, but it’s still a big one: 14,721.So what do those numbers do?”They can be used for long-range planning,” said Allison Ochs of the Eagle County Community Development Department. That planning can include the effects of potential growth on traffic, the environment and local schools, Ochs said.Looking into how many already approved building lots are available is just common sense, said local architect and Avon Town Council member Brian Sipes.”Government has a responsibility to taxpayers that development pays its own way,” Sipes said. “Without a clear understanding of what’s left to build, we can’t realistically budget for it.”But a one private land planner in Eagle County wonders where all those unbuilt lots are for all the new projects..”I’ve got developers who can’t find a lot to buy,” said Steve Isom of Eagle.

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