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Roads being built for possible Knez Divide development

Tyler Baskfield

— Knez Divide has gone under the shovel.

Bulldozing roads has begun in the new Knez Divide development located south of the Yampa Valley Golf Course along Moffat County Road 33.

Three developers, who previously approached the Moffat County Planning and Zoning board, are busy putting in culverts and roads they hope will be the infrastructure for a 180-acre housing development called Cornerstone Ranches.

The developers, Frank Sheapard, Mike Jones and Mike Williams, still have a long way to go before any housing construction begins, according to Judith Orton, Moffat County Planning and Zoning Department secretary.

“Their preliminary sketches haven’t even been approved yet,” said Orton. “They own the property so they are allowed to put in roads, but it doesn’t mean that they are going to start building houses any time soon.”

Before any development can begin, the Moffat County Planning and Zoning Board has to recommend a preliminary sketch and a final plan to the Moffat County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners then have to approve the sketch and plan.

According to Orton, the group has not turned in a sketch plan for review.

The only plan that has been brought into the Moffat County Planning and Zoning Department was a schematic design. The design was a courtesy to the county to inform officials of developers’ intentions for the property.

The group is considering making the development a cluster style development. The cluster is a new style of development that keeps housing sites close together so they can share utilities and keep the rest of the land as open space. A cluster development is supposed to minimize the impact of the development on the land and environment.