Twin Acres Riding Stables

THE HEARING IS MARCH 26, 2024

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

While we welcome horses on the property; the scale, character, and intensity of use of a seven day-per-week commercial operation are not compatible with the community or the local wildlife.

To the right here shows the elk herd crossing the Twin Acres property and exiting via the  Sopris Mesa Wildlife Corridor morning of Feb. 9

Countdown to Hearing

February 27, New Information Submitted - Upon the scheduling of public hearing dates, new additional and/or revised information shall be submitted to County staff no later than 20 working days in advance of the scheduled public hearing date.”

Tuesday, March 19 - Staff Report by Planning Director.  The Planning Director shall prepare and distribute a detailed Staff Report evaluating the application to the applicant and make the report available to the public no later than five (5) working days before the first scheduled public hearing on the application. 

Friday, March 18 - Deadline for Public Comment BOCC review

Tuesday March 26 - Hearing

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Application Materials: ZS-009260-2022


Public Hearing Information:

The proposal is for up to 45 (per water court documents) horses to be kept on the property. Horseback riding lessons and arenas will be available as well. Events will also be held on the property about two times a year with approximately 100 people at each event. 


The Eagle County Land Use Regulations (ECLURs) define a boarding stable as, “a structure designed for the feeding, housing and exercising of horses not owned by the owner of the premises and for which the owner receives compensation.” The ECLURs define a riding stable as, “an establishment that has available for rent or lease four (4) or more animals for periods of twenty-four (24) hours or less, or in return for compensation, gives lessons to develop horsemanship.” 


Why neighbors are concerned (this is not an inclusive list).

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

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!

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