Sentinel Ridge appeal in December

       An appeal to Colorado Springs City Council on Planning Commission's Sentinel Ridge approval is now scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9.
       This was by agreement between the residents appealing the commission decision and developer Dirk Gosda of Garden of the Gods Club LLC, which has proposed the 88-home gated community on 28 acres southeast of Mesa Road and Fillmore Street. Originally, the appeal was to be heard by council this month.
       George Maentz, representing several Mesa Road homeowner groups, said that discussions have taken place on several issues since the Sept. 18 commission vote between the developer, city officials and residents. However, no changes to the commission approval have resulted as yet. One point in which the LLC has shown some interest is the idea of making the proposed Mesa Road access into an emergency outlet rather than a regular street, Maentz said. However, City Planning has not yet come around to that idea.
       The formal appeal (which cost the residents $170 to file) addresses four of the five Sentinel Ridge development proposals approved by Planning Commission, he said. These are (1) the zone change that removes the hillside overlay zone, (2) the development plans that show the Mesa access, (3) the grading plan for the 28 acres and (4) the subdivision plat that “locates 9 lots on slopes currently 25 percent or greater,” Maentz elaborated.
       Part of the neighborhood concern relates to the fact that Gosda has said the LLC will eventually develop adjacent properties southeast of Mesa and Fillmore, and approval conditions on Sentinel Ridge could be used as precedents for those later projects.
       The lone Planning Commission-approved development proposal that the neighbors are not opposing is the amendment to the master plan to reduce the density on the property.

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