Maryland Creek developers progressing |

Maryland Creek developers progressing

SILVERTHORNE – The developers of Maryland Creek Ranch, a proposed 355-acre, 70-house residential development north of Silverthorne, have passed an important hurdle with the Silverthorne Town Council.Last week, the council unanimously voted to approve the preliminary Maryland Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD).The PUD calls for 70 residential lots, a 20-acre town park, a private lake, a paved recreation trail along Highway 9 and a soft-surface trail leading up to national forest lands.Maryland Creek Ranch owner Tom Everist wants to keep 54 percent of the development preserved as park or open space.The 1,053-acre ranch is located just outside the town limits, adjacent to the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club.The council approved the PUD with the understanding that the developers would meet the following conditions, which had been outlined by the town’s planning commission.– The preliminary PUD restricts permanent vertical structures, such as baseball backdrops, in the town park. The town is asking developers to remove that restriction since it does not meet the goals of the Silverthorne Parks, Trails, Open Space (SPORT) committee.– The PUD calls for reduced setbacks for up to six lots, which the town believes can be avoided by arranging lots so unique setbacks aren’t needed.– The town wants to make sure all accessory units are integrated into the design of the main home with one contiguous roof.The next step for developers will be to gain final PUD approval, which they will likely attempt when the council votes on annexation of the 355 acres into the town, said town planner Michael Johnson.The land is currently zoned agriculture, which allows one unit per 17.5 acres. If the annexation is approved, the development would be the first in the town to obtain the rural residential designation, which allows one unit per five acres.

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