Twin Acres Riding Stables

Commissioners at Site Visit

THE HEARING HAS BEEN CONTINUED 

IT WILL BE HELD

TUESDAY! July 23 at 4 PM

in the El Jebel County Building

Watch the June 18 Hearing Here

It is important to show up at the July 23rd hearing date so that the Commissioners know that we are watching and waiting for their decision.  Please be there at 4 PM, Eagle County Courthouse  El Jebel .


The Backstory. Tuesday June 18th was an epic day for those of us challenging Twin Acres! 


During the site visit, over 100 neighbors, reporters, and officials followed the three county commissioners and the applicant's planner around the property, viewing the maze of paddocks, the 30 ft high riding arena story pole, steep driveway slope, and other features. Because we were “muted” by site visit rules, neighbors held signs about compatibility, safety, water, and traffic. One neighbor brought Smokey the Bear.  Over 40 vehicles clogged the driveway and Fender Lane.


At the hearing, which lasted over 5 hours, 31 speakers lined up to testify in opposition. There were also 4 people speaking in support, mostly about the character of the applicant and “the need” for riding stables in the valley.


Public comment opened with Dan Gageby (neighbor) and four attorneys setting the stage. 


27 additional opponents gave compelling testimony, including equestrians, environmental experts, engineers, scientists, land planning experts, and longtime residents. Over 20 community members ceded their time to allow our speakers more than the 3 minutes allocated by the county.  


The presentation was compelling and demonstrated why the proposal does not meet required County standards on multiple fronts.  At the end of our public comment, we distributed a binder to the BOCC, county attorney, planner, and applicant with written versions of our speakers' comments for review.


Positive Outlook: Our attorneys praised our detailed, clear, and well-researched comments, and said that we provided a strong basis to deny the application.


The hearing was ended after all Public Comment was received, with the Applicant’s closing statement scheduled for July 23. The hearing video and binder content are available online. Public comment is now officially closed (meaning no additional comments will be accepted ) unless the Applicant changes their application in any way (updates due soon), in which case public comment may be reopened. 


The Applicant can also request more time and a hearing delay “tabling”. We'll keep you informed of any developments.


ONE THING WE ARE SURE OFLegal Counsel for June 18th involved multiple document reviews, zoom meetings, updated legal challenges, and in-person representation, and will be expensive for us! Right now, we have no reserves.  We’ll be launching our fundraising campaign once all the bills come in. Stay tuned. We’ve made significant progress, and will need your help to offset the costs. We don’t want the neighbors who have worked so hard to be left “holding the bag”. That said, we are all grateful to the neighbors who individually hired their own legal counsel, water engineers, and civil engineers to challenge the application. Until then, you can always donate here.


This can happen again in Missouri Heights. Incompatible land use applications and developers outside of Missouri Heights are likely to file applications in both Eagle and Garfield Counties in the future. What they see is available land.  What they don't know are the residents who fiercely oppose uses with high impact that don't comply with land use regulations. We need your help to continue our mission and finish this one.

WHY DONATE NOW TO DEFEAT TWIN ACRES?

The batter is up and the bases are loaded! The score is in our favor.

At the June 18 hearing, KMOHR and the Twin Acres Team  lined up 28 Speakers and 4 Attorneys.

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

READ THE LETTERS FROM OUR ATTORNEYS TO THE EAGLE COUNTY BOCC FOR THE JUNE 18 HEARING!

Click on the letters to open 

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT - THIS COULD BE THE LAST CHANCE

PUBLIC HEARING JULY 23, 2024 AT 4 PM in EL JEBEL

HEARING IN EL JEBEL OFFICES AT 4PM.


When discussing this project remember: 

 A small family ranch with a few horses was historically here and would be welcomed again. Eagle County has the final say…the project must meet the standards in the Land Use Code.

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Understand the fire concerns. 

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a clear discussion of concerns 



Our Position

Keep Missouri Heights Rural's mission is to preserve the rural character, sustainability, safety and quality of life of Missouri Heights, an elevated desert with a fragile environment.


Our purpose is to protect against unbridled and commercial development and other incompatible land uses as well as activities that put a strain on vital resources and infrastructure, especially to preserve water and prevent wildfire. Overall, we are opposed to measures that negatively impact the serene character and safety of the area and its wildlife habitats.


Given all that we know and what you will soon know, about the Twin Acres Boarding and Riding Stable Special Use application, there can be only one conclusion, the Board of Eagle Commissioners should deny the special use application.  Rather than repeat the myriad of reasons why the Twin Acres application fails to comply with the provisions of the Eagle County Land Use Code and the standards included in the Comprehensive Plan, including the Mid-Valley Plan Missouri Heights Future Land Use Plan area and strategies for the Missouri Heights Character Area, we adopt the reasons set forth in the letter dated June 10, 2024 sent to Eagle County in reference to the application on behalf of property owners in the Missouri Heights area signed by Haley Carmer and Mary Elizabeth Geiger. 


We can only emphasize that the high impact commercial, recreational use proposed by applicant in the midst of a long established residential neighborhood that sits nearly on top of the proposed riding and boarding stable wholly fails the compatibility litmus test. Looking at the totality of the negative effects on the immediate neighborhood as well as bicyclists and motorists who utilize the local roads; negative effects on the wildlife corridor and overcrowding of an already difficult evacuation route in the event of a wildfire, there is only one conclusion, the application should be denied. 

Contracted Land Use Attorney Discusses Rural Land Use

We are learning that Eagle County's outdated land use regulations are the reason proposals like Twin Acres are even considered in Missouri Heights. The good news is that Eagle County is re-writing our Land Use Regulations. Watch Todd Messenger, who has been contracted for the rewrite. He appears to understand us and our concerns!

2min 39 sec

If Approved.....

There WILL be odors, flies, and aesthetic degradation. 

Not much can be done about that.  

That's just the nature of a large equestrian operation. Unacceptable for this location!

Public Comment Information:

TARS in the foreground of one resident's Sopris view


THAT is not "peaceful enjoyment" as required by Eagle County for a Special Use Permit.

The covered jumping arena is 20,000 sq ft compared to nearby homes <4,000 sq ft. 

The proposed development is in a basin, resembling a huge football field. Surrounding homes represent the stands (several at field level). Residents would be unwilling spectators of every commercial activity, experiencing all the environmental impacts (odors, light, noise, flies, loose dogs, dust, etc.) associated with a large commercial equestrian operation. 

~Standard 5-250.B.2: Compatibility, Standard 5-250.B.4: Design Minimizes Adverse Impact