Park County commissioners’ hearing on a conditional use permit for Twisted Pines RV Campground, was cut short March 30 due to an internet outage. The hearing was continued to April 6.

The outage happened at the beginning of testimony in support of the Twisted Pines campground.

The proposed RV park and campground would be located on County Road 59 about halfway between Elevenmile Reservoir and Guffey.

It is just north of the Old Kathleen Ranch, a subdivision with 35-acre lots, and west of Saddle Mountain. The nearest road intersecting with CR 59 is Old Katherine Trail.

The property is zoned agricultural and a campground is allowed with a conditional use permit.

County Road 59 Investment, LLC owns the property.  Christine Honeman, one of the owners, represented the company at the hearing.

The property owner on record is Sydonia Poenisch with a Tucson, Ariz. address.

Another owner, Kathy Crump also attended. She said the three were long-time friends and had dreamed of owning a campground.

Crump said they had worked with the county planning department as they searched for the right property with characteristics they were advised would be appropriate for a campground.

Some suggestions were to look for agriculture zoning along a major thoroughfare.

Twisted Pines, if approved, will be on a 41-acre lot with frontage along CR 59. It will consist of 18 RV spots, two small cabins, a few tent camping sites, an onsite manager’s RV spot, a comfort station and an RV dump station.

Electricity is planned for the RV spots and cabins, but no running water except for at the comfort station.

Honeman said guests will need to bring their own water. No well is planned for the development.

Water will be trucked in for the comfort station. It will have three restrooms with showers.

A dumping station for the RVs is planned. Plans include it and the comfort station using the same septic tank and leach field.

The development will run north to south along the western edge of the property where the topography is fairly flat.

Slopes of greater than 20 percent cover about one third of the property.  The entire 41 acres will be fenced to avoid trespassing issues.

The planning department received 22 letters and a petition with 315 signatures in opposition to the campground.

The planning commission voted to recommend denial of the proposed campground stating it was not compatible with surrounding uses of agriculture and residential lots of 35 acres or greater.

Areas of Refuge

The commissioners signed an agreement with the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District and Burland Ranchettes Homeowners Association to use county-owned land as an emergency temporary area of refuge.

The agreement states, “The purpose of an area of refuge is to create a wildfire defensible/survivable area for those whose evacuation routes are potentially overrun by fire, forcing a retreat.”

Some of the mitigation required to create a defensible space include “mitigate the road shoulders, selectively remove overstory (Ponderosa pine) and understory (ladder fuels) and establish a mowing schedule for flash fuels (grasses).”

Several areas are being designated throughout Burland as places where residents can shelter if their property is in the fire’s path and it is not safe to use a designated evacuation route to exit the subdivision.

The parcels referred to in the agreement with the county commissioners are the Burland ballfield and Burland equestrian area. Both are at the intersection of CR 72 and Bluebird Drive.

The agreement states the mitigation will replicate a healthy ponderosa pine forest by spacing individual or a cluster of trees 20 – 100 feet apart. Slash from mitigation will be chipped and spread across the area.    

Evacuation routes throughout Burland were also designated.

Other areas are being considered as possible emergency temporary refuge areas throughout the subdivision.

Vouchers

Vouchers in the amount of $117,040 were approved for payment. Dollar amounts were rounded by The Flume.

About $100,000 was spent by three funds: the general fund at $52,430, the sales tax trust at $22,690 and public works at $20,710.

Human services spent $12,290 and $6,425 was spent by fleet services.

The remaining $2,500 was spent by in varying amounts by conservation trust, grant, 1041 permit and self insurance funds.

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