Independence meeting brings out questions

Zoom event describes plans for infrastructure, homesites

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 5/25/21

The Independence residential development north of Elizabeth, originally approved in 2010, has been a point of contention for local residents, sparking heated conversation and concerns about the …

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Independence meeting brings out questions

Zoom event describes plans for infrastructure, homesites

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The Independence residential development north of Elizabeth, originally approved in 2010, has been a point of contention for local residents, sparking heated conversation and concerns about the well-being of Elbert County.

The representatives of the Independence development held a community Zoom meeting on April 29, outlining infrastructure improvements, homesites, and amenity construction. The representatives were met with a slew of questions and concerns, mostly directed toward road construction and how it will impact the community and nearby landowners.

According to the Independence presentation, Delbert Road is being extended as a part of the Independence neighborhood. Elbert County is requiring the expansion of Delbert Road from Hilltop Road to Singing Hills Road. Other improvements include accelerations/deceleration lanes added on Hilltop Road at the community entrance.

“Our team has been coordinating transportation improvements with Elbert County staff and the county’s consulting team, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.,” said the Independence representative.

When an anonymous attendee asked about the general future of road construction around the development, the representatives said that the West Elbert County Transportation Plan indicates that Hilltop Road, Singing Hills Road, Delbert Road and County Road 13 will be expanded to four lanes in the future when traffic counts necessitate it.

In response, one local resident exclaimed: “Don’t you even dream of coming after my land!”

On the Elbert County Citizens Facebook page, other local residents share similar sentiments regarding the new development. “Developments should only be allowed to grow as fast as the overall infrastructure of the area they are in,” said Elizabeth resident Rachel Medley Oswald. “Roads, schools, and public services should be funded and fixed to match the influx of residents into these areas.”

Generally, it seems that a large segment of residents have reservations about the new expansive residential developments in the area. The Elbert County manager, however, sees the developments as a natural part of the Denver area’s growth. “We are going to be a part of the growth of Colorado,” said County Manager Sam Albrecht. “I think that the price of housing across the metro region is getting really high and we’re hoping that these new developments in Elbert County will have price points that families can afford.”

What local residents do agree on is the desire to see Elbert County continue to be a healthy and thriving community for generations to come.

If you have any comments or questions for the representatives of the Independence community, they can be contacted at feedback@independencecommunity.com or at 720-500-HOME (4663).

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