Developer wants 350 homes west of The Pinery

Proposal would alter Douglas County master plan

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A real estate investment group wants to change Douglas County's master plan to build 350 homes west of The Pinery.

The county's development review department is looking over a pair of applications for Stone Creek Ranch, a proposed 250-acre neighborhood southwest of South Parker Road and Scott Road.

Among them is a requested amendment to the 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan that would change 155 acres of agricultural land currently used for the grazing and farming of hay and alfalfa to an urban land-use designation. The applications were submitted last year by Choke Cherry Investors, LLC, an Englewood, Colo.-based company.

The Douglas County Planning Commission, which will make the final decision, is tentatively scheduled to review the request Aug. 11.

The second application under review is a planned development guide, a document that outlines the intent and scope of a project. The developer also submitted a sketch plan, which details road alignments, compatibility with surrounding uses and soil conditions, and a separate proposal to establish a metropolitan district to install infrastructure. However, county officials must first approve the land-use amendment to the master plan and planned development guide before reviewing the sketch plan and special district service plan, said Dan Avery, principal planner for Douglas County.

If approved, the subdivision would be bisected by Cherry Creek. Choke Cherry Investors, LLC, wants to develop the 155-acre parcel east of the creek with “low to moderate densities similar to The Pinery and up to a maximum of 312 single family lots,” the planned development guide says. That property could be included in The Pinery Separated Urban Area.

The western portion of Stone Creek Ranch — a 96-acre plot west of the creek — would maintain a non-urban designation. The parcel would contain a maximum of 38 homes at a density of one dwelling unit per 2.5 acres. If approved as proposed, the home sites will be clustered in the northwest area of the site and more than 70 percent of the site, including the Cherry Creek floodplain and riparian corridor, will be preserved as open space, the planning guide says.

Choke Cherry Investors, LLC, calls the development a “logical extension” of what already exists in the area, including The Pinery and Pradera.

“Stone Creek Ranch will offer a unique living environment that is compatible with and complementary to existing and planned developments in the area,” the company's proposal says. “The intent is to develop the property into several villages planned around parks, trails and open space amenities.”

Choke Cherry Investors says grazing and crop production has “significantly disturbed” the site, but with Stone Creek Ranch, there is an “opportunity to develop while concurrently restoring proposed open space areas, especially the Cherry Creek riparian corridor, to a healthy condition.”

Public hearings have not yet been scheduled before the planning commission and Douglas County Board of County Commissioners to discuss the planned development guide.

For more information on Stone Creek Ranch, go to www.douglas.co.us.