Grand County commissioners nix expanded Fraser Tubing Hill parking |

Grand County commissioners nix expanded Fraser Tubing Hill parking

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

A newly constructed dirt parking area at the Fraser Tubing Hill will have to be roped off in accordance with county rules.

Sledding hill operator Rodney Rodgers told commissioners that the area in question has occasionally been used in the past to accommodate overflow parking from the street. He has since cut down trees and tiered the ground to use it as a commercial parking area, but county regulators say the parking area is an improvement that would require a special use permit.

The Fraser Tubing Hill predates county zoning regulations and has been grandfathered in without the need for a permit. But any expansion of offerings and area used would require a permit, county officials said.

County Planning Director Kris Manguso called the new parking area a “public safety hazard,” saying “there are areas where nothing would prohibit a vehicle from falling from a steep embankment onto a vehicle parked below.”

County commissioners ruled against him in spite of Rodgers’ argument that closing the parking lot would be “forcing people onto the street.”

Asked to apply for a permit for the parking area, Rodgers responded, “I have my reasons. Someday it may happen, but right now, I don’t want to apply for a special use permit.”

New gas pipeline in the Valley

Xcel Enery gained county approval on Tuesday to install a 6.2-mile long, 6-inch steel high pressure natural-gas pipeline beginning in the Winter Park Ranch Subdivision at the intersection of Mulligan Street and Brooky Boulevard, south and east to the Lakota/Bonfils area of Winter Park.

The proposed route crosses 3.2 miles of U.S. Forest Service property, .8 miles of Denver Water Board property, .02 miles of public property for road crossings, and 2.2. miles of private property.

In order for the Excel pipeline to be put into place, multiple easements were granted by both public and private landowners. The pipe will be above ground at the beginning and end of the pipeline and will be painted a color that blends into the natural background, according to a condition of the county permit.

According to the Grand County Planning Department, the new pipeline is needed to maintain adequate pressure and prevent failures on the most southerly portion of the delivery system.

Construction of the new pipeline is planned to begin Aug. 1 and continue to about Oct. 31.

At Tuesday’s county meeting, Fraser-area resident Earl Storm expressed concern for a popular trail that accesses trails of the U.S. Forest Service at Cozens Ridge. In response, county commissioners made revegetation and trail reconstruction a condition of Xcel’s special use permit.

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