After several hours of testimony and discussion on the latest iteration of the AngelView Subdivision, the Lake County Planning Commission came to no decision and decided to reconvene the public hearing on Feb. 24.
The current proposal, as presented by Alan Elias, calls for a residential development with a private event center on 71.09 acres just east of the Village of Twin Lakes. A total of 15 lots are planned, each with a minimum of three acres.
An earlier plan for AngelView was turned down due to potential landslide hazards pointed out by the Colorado Geological Survey. It consisted of two phases with 12 homes in phase 1 and an undetermined number in phase 2. The current site plan does not have a second phase. The 15 homes would be served by wells and septic systems and would comprise a gated community.
Also proposed is an emergency services site with building and site improvements to be dedicated to the county in the final plat.
County planners expressed some concern with the proposed event center on the property, saying that the applicant needs to more clearly define what the intended use is. Currently weddings, receptions, educational programs and camps have been mentioned as possible uses. The event center would be surrounded by 12 cabins and there were questions regarding how this would be handled. Planning Commissioner Bud Elliott asked if these facilities would be available to anyone at any time.
Elias responded that the events would be tied to the homeowners and added, “We need to provide more clarification that would be comforting to Lake County.” He said there is no intention to compete with entities such as the Twin Lakes Inn.
Later Elliott moved for denial of the sketch plan, again citing concerns with the cabins.
“The cabins bother me too,” said planning Commissioner Howard Tritz. The motion, however, did not pass.
Other concerns were expressed about the water that would service the subdivision. Kelly Sweeney, president of the Friends of Twin Lakes, was enthusiastic about the proposed emergency services building, but also noted that she recognized that approval is contingent upon AngelView demonstrating it has obtained sufficient augmented water from a source with senior water rights.
Lisa Boehmke, a landowner adjacent to the proposed subdivision, wrote an email questioning how the development would affect her well, the stabilization of her water table in the future, and the surrounding wetlands. Brigitte Laing, whose family has owned a cabin in Gordon Acres since the 1970s, said that the supply from her well water should not be affected in any way by AngelView or any other development.
Dr. David Sigafoos, who said he built his Twin Lakes home with a hammer and hand saw in 1968 because there was no power, mentions that house number 2 in the site plan constitutes a major visual obstruction and aesthetic intrusion for his home and Gordon Acres.
Speaking at the public hearing, fire Chief Dan Dailey said he was in favor of the sketch plan. He said Elias had “met every criteria that was asked and then some.”
A letter was read from Chuck Fleener who recently purchased a home in Twin Lakes but has been visiting the area for 50 years. His home borders the AngelView property.
Fleener said when he initially heard about the proposed subdivision he was skeptical, but after meeting with Alan and Dawn Elias several times and checking out their statements, he said he has no reason to doubt them.