JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A plan to develop privately-held land near Dinosaur Ridge can move forward but without a controversial change that would have allowed car dealerships.
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to approve a modified rezoning application that allows construction of hotels, motels, gas stations and car washes on land near the intersection of C-470 and West Alameda.
The developer of the site, Three Dinos, LLC, wanted to include car dealerships in the rezoning. That proposal drew fierce opposition from members of the community concerned about the effects of development on the scenic area, which is popular with hikers and cyclists.
The group Save Dino Ridge organized an opposition campaign and hundreds of people showed up to testify at a Jan. 17 board meeting on the topic.
The board approved the modified rezoning at that meeting and finalized the changes Tuesday.