Chaffee County has scheduled two public hearings as planning work on the Centerville Ranch Major Subdivision Preliminary Plan – Phase I continues.

The Chaffee County Planning Commission has called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds to get public feedback on the project. That will be followed by a second public hearing before the Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, also at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

Centerville Ranch looking toward Browns canyon. (Photo courtesy of Central Colorado Conservancy)

Owner Jeff Ince and the Centerville Ranch Investment LLC are requesting to subdivide the remainder tract (903.6 acres) of the Centerville Ranch Heritage Water Subdivision exemption into 62 lots spread across about 300 acres of the ranch, ranging in size from 2.1 acres to 10 acres.

The ranch, located at 18010 U.S. 285 in Nathrop, has been the subject of intense public interest since development was announced. It’s location along a national scenic byway only intensified the public’s concerns, which included protection of the scenic view, wildlife corridors and winter range, as well as water rights.

Through a series of meetings, Ince reduced the size of the development from 210 lots to 62, laid out on about 300 acres of the ranch. The Central Colorado Conservancy played a role in developing a conservation easement plan to preserve the remaining 650 acres of the 950-acre ranch property as working agricultural lands, including protection of the water rights. While the matching funds have been raised, the grant work is in process. If that conservation easement were not to be accomplished, Ince might return to the county requesting to develop lots 63-132 which fell within the ranch land now slated for conservation easement.