City Planning reviews ‘slight variation’ in Gold Hill Mesa’s Filing 2 plans

       As construction and sales continue on Filing 1, Gold Hill Mesa Partners LLC has applied to the city for a change in its plans affecting Filing 2.
       Approved by the city in 2004 as part of the two-filing Phase 1 development plan, Filing 2 would be reduced from 138 lots on 29 acres to 73 on 16, according to the request recently filed with Colorado Springs Planning.
       Phase 1 is located northeast of Lower Gold Camp Road and 21st Street, with Filing 2 just east of Filing 1. It does not address the corner immediately northeast of the intersection.
       In a recent interview, Gold Hill Mesa developer Bob Willard explained that the acreage/units deleted from Filing 2 will be added to a future phase/filing right at the corner. Consisting of 3.2 acres, it is conceptually approved for multifamily housing.
       The chief reason for the Filing 2 change is the steepness of the terrain in the corner area. Adding from Filing 2 will allow that area to be laid out more sensibly, Willard said.
       “It's a slight variation from the original plan,” he said. “It doesn't change the densities or boundaries.”
       The application to the city consists of two specific requests from JR Engineering LLC on behalf of Gold Hill Mesa Partners LLC - one for final subdivision plat approval on Filing 2 and a second for a major amendment to the approved development plan for Phase 1.
       People have until May 14 to comment on the development proposal, after which it will be administratively approved or denied, according to city planner James Mayerl.
       During a presentation in April to the Skyway Homeowners Association, Willard said there were already “18 hard contracts” on the 167 lots for which homes are being built in Filing 1. The open house for the first group of homes was in mid-March. “So demand has been pretty good,” he said.

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