Community Land Trust submits lower-impact plan for St. Vrain’s 2500 block

       Scaled-back plans for a property in St. Vrain Street's 2500 block have been submitted to Colorado Springs Planning.
       The developer is the Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust, a non-profit entity that makes houses more affordable by retaining a quarter ownership of each unit.
       The new plan calls for three single-family homes with attached garages on the nearly half-acre property at the end of the street's cul de sac. The Land Trust's preliminary plans a year and a half ago had suggested five units in three buildings.
       Bob Koenig, the Land Trust's director, said the main reason for the density reduction was a water line that was potentially too small. As a result, “rather than squeeze in five units, we decided to do three single-family,” he said.
       Another plus is goodwill from nearby residents. At an Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) meeting on the preliminary plan, there had been concern about traffic. The City Planning submittal requests a zone change from planned unit development to two-family residential (R-2), final subdivision plat approval and permission to have a zero front-yard setback for one of the homes.
       City Planning is seeking comments on the proposal. For more information, call 385-5382.

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