The Carbon County Planning Commission has give concept approval to Scofield Mountain Estates for an expansion of its development on the northwest side of Scofield Lake. Planners also endorsed a proposed zoning change to permit the development of mountain home sites.
The resort community already has 60 lots approved and developed, and has sold 21 so far. Matt Brown, property manager for the project, told commissioners that plans call for 109 lots total on the company's acreage. This would be Phase IV of the overall development and would entail ground and utility preparation for eventual cabin building on about a dozen lots. On average, the plans call for one lot on four acres.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Brown explained that the soils and other environmental conditions in the new phase are comparable to those on previously developed lots. The company has developed a spring that will serve as a source of water for household use, and will install a storage tank to accommodate fire protection demands.
The developers intend to continue using septic tanks for sewage, which Mr. Brown explained was more reliable and economical than central sewage for the low-density housing. The development is following building code rules for setbacks from the lake shore and streams, he said. In addition, each purchaser of a lot must agree to a covenant stipulating that homes must be built to size, design and construction material provisions to preserve the beauty of the community and the environment. Compliance with county building codes and permits is also mandatory.
Buyers are also advised that there is no full-time fire protection in that wooded area, and are urged to install sprinkler systems as safeguards.
The additional development should not pose any traffic problems on the west Scofield Rd., Mr. Brown said. Traffic surveys indicate fewer than 300 trips per day average on the road, while highway engineers have said the road can accommodate close to 1,400 trips.
Scofield Mountain Estates is a gated community, which means that vehicle access is limited to residents, guests or emergency vehicles. Lot prices advertised on its website indicate a range of from under $100,000 to a 40-acre lot offered at $299,000.