The water and sewer system for Indian Shadow, a high-end development that has been criticized for its 35-acre lot layout, was approved Tuesday by La Plata County commissioners.
The subdivision consists of 50 tracts on about 1,760 acres located north of U.S. Highway 160 and east of County Road 124. Critics say the layout - in which widely separated sections of property connected by narrow strips of land bring each lot's total acreage to just over 35 - was contrived to skirt county regulations.
Under state law, subdivision of land into parcels of 35 acres or greater are not subject to local government regulation.
The developers, however, say the design is the product of good planning practices, which call for the clustering of homes.
Although the developers aren't required to get approval from the county for the project as a whole, they do have to get a permit for its proposed centralized water and sewer system.
The developers' efforts to address the county's concerns helped win commissioners' approval. One of the concessions developers made was to allow firefighters to use an Indian Shadow hydrant even if the fire were to be outside the subdivision.
"I think that's the beauty of when things come together in a win-win situation," Commissioner Kellie Hotter said.
CRV Indian Shadow Preserve LP, the Dallas-based investment group backing the project, was represented by agent Daryl Crites at the meeting.
Crites has said that construction on the water system could begin in the spring or summer. Home construction depends on demand.