Proposed Sentinel Ridge project on Sept. 18 Planning Commission agenda

       The proposed Sentinel Ridge gated-community subdivision is scheduled for a public hearing before the Colorado Springs Planning Commission Thursday, Sept. 18.
       The development proposal, which represents a density tweaking from earlier submittals (following a staff review in mid-August), is for 83 lots on 28 acres southeast of Fillmore Street and Mesa Road in open land behind Holmes Middle School. The applicant is Rockwell Consulting, representing the Sunrise Company (doing business as Garden of the Gods Club, LLC), the property owner.
       The hearing will be on the Planning Commission agenda (the order of items is not yet finalized) at the Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.
       Other parts of the Rockwell request are the following:
  • A major amendment to an approved Master Plan for the Garden of the Gods Club consisting of 45.6 acres,
  • A change of zone classification from R/HS (estate, single-family residential with hillside area overlay) to PUD (planned unit development with single-family residential, 35-foot maximum building height and 3 dwelling units per acre density), which would remove the Hillside Area Overlay zoning designation on 45.6 acres.
  • A PUD Plan for Sentinel Ridge at Garden of the Gods Club consisting of 45.6 acres.
  • A PUD Development Plan for Sentinel Ridge West at Garden of the Gods Club Filing No. 1 consisting of 28 acres.
  • Final subdivision plat approval of Sentinel Ridge West at Garden of the Gods Club No. 1 consisting of 83 lots on 28 acres.
           The proposed development has access points off Grand Vista Circle and just north of Holmes. Among the public impacts are preservation of a public trail to Sondermann Park, sidewalks along parts of Fillmore and Mesa, and a privacy wall along Fillmore adjacent to the project. Neighbors have objected to the zoning change (saying it's out of character with the traditional homes on Mesa Road), potential traffic snarls (mainly from the north-of-Holmes access) and elimination of the historic overlay (which would allow cut and fill to level the land).
           For more information, call city planner James Mayerl at 385-5360 or at

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