Cedar Ridge Ranch

Background

Cedar Ridge Ranch (CRR) is a property off of Crystal Springs Road in Missouri Heights. Neighbors, the owners of CRR, and even the Garfield County Commissioners appear to disagree about what land uses are allowed on the property and what are not, and whether or not the property complies with their Land Use Change Permit. For more information, we've created a high level list of links of historical background.

Recent Post Independent articles summarize this situation.

Our Stake

As Missouri Heights residents, and as neighbors, we all have a stake in knowing the status and remedies of land use code violations. We need more open government, documentation, and confirmation that remedies meet and will continue to meet requirements.

All land use violations and documented reports of remedies (including photos, written agreements, and letters from officials, etc.) should be posted and readily available on County websites. Neighbors should not have to obtain them through the Colorado Open Records process, or to make phone calls to busy officials. Site visits and random inspections should be mandatory to verify that remedies meet requirements and continue to do so. Without accountability, land use codes can become meaningless.

We at KMOHR believe that as a community, we have the right to:

  1. Know what transpires relative to land use violations, especially if they have the potential to put us at risk or have impact on us or our property.

  2. Require the County authorities to follow up their violations with rigorous surveillance to confirm not only a one snapshot in time, but rather a continuous action of compliance.

  3. Know that the County will enforce and render the appropriate remedies should a land owner not comply with said land use rules.


“The issues that have been plaguing the neighbors fall squarely into Keep Missouri Heights Rural’s mission as it specifically relates to safety and quality of life, preserving water and wildlife, and our role to advocate for the community … when negative land use impacts adversely affect property owners,” said Lori Brandon, speaking on behalf of the group.

Recognition and Recommendation

We recognize the immense burden of code enforcement on Counties. We believe it is in everyone's best interest for neighbors to partner with the County to responsibly identify both land use issues and opportunities. Counties must take this input seriously, manage all complaints as individual cases through resolution, and share this information publicly. There should be a follow-on process to verify ongoing compliance.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted should there be any action we might want to take as an interested grass roots organization.