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    Retreat at TimberRidge — coming this fall
    Cherokee’s reverse osmosis system
    Colorado free application day
    Voting via mail-in ballot
    Meet your District 2 candidates for commissioner
    Voting: how it came to be
    Compost business concerns neighbors
    Building and real estate update
 
  Retreat at TimberRidge — coming this fall
  By Pete Gawda

   Sterling Ranch will soon have a new neighbor. On July 28, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved the final plat for the Retreat at TimberRidge, which is just north of Sterling Ranch and south of Arryo Road on the east side of Vollmer Road.
   
   The current owner of the property is Ridgeview Development Investors LLC.
   
   The subdivision is managed and run by Classic Homes.
   
   Doug Stimple, chief executive officer of Classic Companies, said the next step is to record the final plat and commence development, which he said should start about mid-October.
   
   Lots will vary in size. Stimple said there will be 29 2.5-acre lots. Of those lots, 26 will have their own well and sewer systems. The remaining three 2.5-acre lots as well as all other lots will receive water and sewer service from Sterling Ranch Metropolitan District. Stimple said there will be 164 lots 1 acre or less.
   
   Classic Homes and Vantage Homes will sell lots to individuals and build homes on those lots according to standard plans, with optional variations. Construction could start as early as late this year and definitely not later than the spring of 2021, Stimple said.
   
   Instead of donating land for parks, like the developer of Sterling Ranch, the developer of the Retreat has agreed to pay $31,920 for regional park fees and $20,160 for urban park fees. In addition to those fees, Stimple said there will be a trail system along Sand Creek, which traverses the property north to south. Likewise, the developer will pay $3,366 to Academy School District 20 and $14,160 to Falcon School District 49 in lieu of donating school sites. The Falcon Fire Protection District will manage fire protection.
  
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  Cherokee’s reverse osmosis system
  By Pete Gawda

   When the reverse osmosis system being built by Cherokee Metropolitan District's wastewater treatment plant becomes operational, it should improve water quality. The new system is scheduled to be operational in January 2023.
   
   Dave Doran, president of the board of directors of the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Water Management District called the new system “a positive move.”
   
   Mike Wireman, hydrogeologist for the UBS agreed. He said if operated properly, the reverse osmosis system will bring the TDS (total dissolved solids) levels in the effluent down to the required 400 ppm. Current levels are around 550. Wireman said when Cherokee starts discharging the lower levels of TDS, the cleaner water will help bring down the overall TDS level in the basin
   
   However, both men disagree with Cherokee's claim to have raised the water level in the basin by 40 feet. Doran calls the claim “an oversimplification.” He said other factors such as the decrease of crops grown in the southern part of the UBS that leads to less water used for irrigation have contributed to the rise in water level.
   
   Wireman said Cherokee has presented no evidence to back up their claim. Since Cherokee's effluent is discharged in the extreme southern end of the UBS, he said they have replenished only a few miles in the southern end of the district.
   
   Donald Booker, who grows 130 acres of sod on Judge Orr Road, said the higher levels of TDS currently being discharged by Cherokee do not affect him since he is well north of the discharge area. He said that since Cherokee pumps water out of wells in the northern part of the district, they should have to discharge effluent into the northern part of the district.
   
   The lower TDS levels mandated to Cherokee are based on agricultural interests rather than drinking water standards. However, Doran said the number of agricultural water users in the area are decreasing while the numbers of residential users are increasing.
   
   “Our job is to keep it (water) as pristine as we can keep it,” Doran said, adding, “This is some of the most pristine alluvial water in the state. We don't care what they (Cherokee Metro) are doing. We want water quality as pristine as possible.”
   
   Amy Lathen, executive director of Cherokee Metro District, weighed in on the conversation. Lathen said that as part of the agreement between Cherokee and UBS, Cherokee agreed that it would no longer export water from its wells in the northern part of the district. She said to her knowledge that agreement is the only agreement between UBS and a water user that required the water user to recharge the aquifer. Since that agreement, Lathen said that Cherokee has agreed to further restrictions in the use of its northern wells. She said those restrictions have resulted in significant increases in the amount of water available to other water rights in the area.
   
   “Cherokee has done more than any other water user to accomplish recharge of the alluvial aquifer in the UBS basin,” Lathen said. “And Cherokee remains committed to these efforts because the sustainability and quality of that water is of critical importance to Cherokee.”
  
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  Colorado free application day

   On Tuesday, Oct. 13, all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado and several private institutions will allow all college applicants to apply for free.
   
   This day is part of the Colorado Applies Month, which is a five-week campaign that guides high school students and adult job seekers along the college application process. This is the third year Colorado Free Application Day is taking place.
   
   The high school graduating class of 2021 has the option not to include their SAT or ACT test scores with their applications. Colorado colleges implemented a test-optional policy to all public colleges in the state.
   
   To learn more about the Colorado Free Application Day, visit https://highered.colorado.gov/colorado-free-application-day-is-october-13-2020.
   
   To learn more about Colorado Applies Month, visit https://www.mycoloradojourney.com/journey/colorado-applies-month-students.
  
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  Voting via mail-in ballot
  By Stephanie Mason

   This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone who is registered to vote will receive a mail-in ballot. The ballots are sent to the address provided by the voter on their registration.
   
   The following information is from the Colorado state website https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/
   
   The mail-in ballots will be mailed Oct. 9, and the state recommends that people mail them back no later than Oct. 26. The ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 3. Make sure to sign the ballot.
   
   A few notes on mail-in ballots:
  • If a ballot is lost or damaged, a new one can be requested from the county clerk’s office.
  • A ballot will still be counted if the voter decides not to vote on any candidate or question.
  • Each voter can track the status of the ballot through BallotTrax.
  • Ballots can be returned to a drop-off location or sent via the mail.

   To learn more, verify your address or check your ballot status, visit https://govotecolorado.gov.
   
   Falcon’s 24-hour secure ballot drop box is located outside the Falcon Fire Department building at 12072 Royal County Down Road.
   
   Calhan’s 24-hour secure ballot drop box is located at the EPC Public Services Department at 1010 Golden St.
   
   Black Forest’s 24-hour secure ballot drop box is located at the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District at 11445 Teachout Road.
   
   Voting at the voter services and polling centers
   If voters decide not to submit a mail-in ballot, they can vote at a voter service and polling center on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. These centers will be open statewide, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
   
   Voters might be required to provide identification at their polling center prior to submitting their ballot. An ICX machine will be available for those who prefer to vote using a ballot marking device.
   
   Voter services and polling centers in the area
  • Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District –- Community Center West, 11720 Woodmen Hills Dr. in Falcon
  • Falcon Legacy Campus –- School District 49 facility, 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon
  • Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District, 11445 Teachout Road in Colorado Springs (for Black Forest)
  • EPC Public Services Department, 1010 Golden St. in Calhan
  
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  Meet your District 2 candidates for commissioner

   Democratic Candidate Tracey Johnson
   Q. What one part of county government would receive more attention if you were elected?
   A. I would want to first make sure that our county budget funds are distributed in such a way as to answer any needs developed as a result from COVID-19. The source of our income has been affected for all of us.
   
   I would also love to be able to raise the amount of county dollars within our given budget that is going to our parks and open spaces. There has been an increased amount of traffic in our parks and open spaces, and there has been some negative effects. We don’t have a current budget to restore some of the damage or prevent future instances. I would like to do what I can to preserve this area so it really is a beacon of what draws people here.
   
   Q. What is your experience with preparing or authorizing budgets?
   A. I was a director on the District 20 board of education from 2011 to 2019. Budgets and auditing was a large part of that job. For six of my eight years on the board, I was in a leadership position and the budget was critical. In addition to budgeting, that experience involved following state mandates. I was responsible for a whole community’s budget for eight years and it gave me a lot of experience.
   
   Q. Do you plan to promote any changes to existing taxes? If so, why?
   A. I do not plan to promote any tax changes. I am totally in favor of the improvement districts and the various tax levitation tools that allow for development in the county. But, I am also cautious in regard to the amount of growth in the area. I think that if we grow too fast or without judiciously considering what we are giving up in exchange for that growth, we could lose all of what makes this area what it is.
   
   Q. What do you see as the most pressing needs in the district?
   Truly, it is growth and the management of growth. El Paso County alone is larger than some states. It is a big place that has great diversity and District 2 reflects that. The management and distribution of growth is something we need to focus on.
   
   Our water resource is most precious, and I want us to make sure we are responsible with that. I also want to focus on infrastructure and roads. With so many jobs and school work being done at home now, I want to make sure everyone has a reliable internet connection. I think we all want the same thing regardless of what party we are in; we all want to feel safe, to learn with our families and to live and work in freedom.
   
   Q. Tell us a little about yourself?
   A. What brought me to this race was truly the motivation to provide the voters of District 2 true choice in candidates. It has long been a single Republican candidate. It is about honoring and upholding the idea behind elections. I am here as that alternative.
   
   My family and I have lived here since 2001. I had stepped away from being an attorney to raise our family, and got involved with volunteering, especially at my kids’ schools. During my eight years on the board, I gained valuable experience.
   
   It was being an advocate that really is my passion. When I advocate for the community, I advocate for family. I advocate for respect. I celebrate and uphold all that is possible and good in public administration and government. There is good in all of us in this community.
   
   It is such a long shot for me to even consider being elected. But this process has been so much fun.
   
   You can learn more about District 2 commissioner candidate Tracey Johnson on her website at votetraceyjohnson.com.
   
   Republican Candidate Carrie Geitner
   Q. What one part of county government would receive more attention if you were elected?
   
   A. The thing I hear most from constituents after knocking on thousands of doors this year is that they are very concerned about their roads. That is one area that I will spend a good amount of time on.
   
   Overall, my focus is on making sure that the government is working for our constituents and working for our small businesses. I want to make sure we don’t have processes that are overly cumbersome and getting in the way of the success of our small businesses and constituents. We need to make everything accessible so they can get the responses they need from our local government.
   
   Q. What is your experience with preparing or authorizing budgets?
   A. I serve as board president for Mountain View Academy, which is a charter school. Obviously, budget is something I have been involved in. I also have experience working with nonprofits, and I own my own small business. Some of those are smaller than the county budget, but they are scalable. The principles of budgeting are consistent.
   
   
   Q. Do you plan to promote any changes to existing taxes? If so, why?
   A. I do not at this time. I think it is really important that we work within the budget that we have been given by voters, and I think it’s incumbent upon us as leaders to respect that budget.
   
   Especially in a time of economic uncertainty from COVID-19, I think we need to make sure we are working in our budget and providing the best services we can within that budget.
   
   Q. What do you see as the most pressing needs in the district?
   A. I think, overall, a pressing issue in the district is COVID-19. It has a huge impact on our community, businesses and schools. We are going to be focused on that and the economic impact in the next year.
   
   For our citizens, we want to make sure things are efficiently working for them. When we have those economic struggles, we want to make sure there is nothing that is keeping them from being successful.
   
   Q. Tell us a little about yourself?
   A. I am a mom to two boys. I live in Falcon in the unincorporated area, which I think is important. A lot of the decisions we make affect our unincorporated residents. One of the reasons why I wanted to run for this seat is because I thought it was really important that their voice be communicated. They often feel underrepresented. But I do want to represent the entire district and keep the entire county at the forefront.
   
   Water is a huge issue out here. I want to make sure we are listening to our unincorporated folks who have a lot of concerns. They are really affected by the commissioner’s decisions. I want to make sure they are getting the services they need and where to go to get those services.
   
   I really want people to feel like they can reach out and that we can have conversations. I am very concerned about our community. I want to make sure this is a great place to live and raise your family. I think that when we engage as a community and we start to talk about the things we want to see, we can get together and solve our problems.
   
   I think I just want to emphasize how I want people to feel free to reach out to me. There is a lot of distrust in government and a lot of frustration going on. Government is the thing that affects us most and the thing that can be very personal. I just want people to know that wherever they are on the political spectrum, I am always willing to have a conversation about the things that we can improve for our community.
   
   You can learn more about District 2 commissioner candidate Carrie Geitner on her website at https://www.carriegeitner.com.
  
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  Voting: how it came to be
  By Ava Stoller

   Much has changed throughout history regarding how and who can vote. From whitehouse.gov, originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote. Now, through amendments to the Constitution, citizens of the Unites States over the age of 18 cannot be denied the right to vote, regardless of race, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.
   
   The 15th Amendment, ratified in February of 1870, gives the right to vote to people of all races. From archives.gov, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
   
   However, state statutes, called Jim Crow laws, legalized racial segregation. According to the History website, in the ensuing decades, various discriminatory practices; including poll taxes and literacy tests — along with Jim Crow laws, intimidation and outright violence — were used to prevent African Americans from exercising their right to vote.
   
   The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in August of 1965, aimed to overcome all legal barriers at the state and local levels that denied African Americans their right to vote under the 15th Amendment. The act banned the use of literacy tests, provided for federal oversight of voter registration and authorized the U.S. attorney general to investigate the use of poll taxes in state and local elections.
   
   Native Americans faced many of the same challenges as African Americans. According to the History website, Native Americans were only able to win the right to vote by fighting for it state by state. Utah was the last to fully guarantee voting rights for Native people in 1962. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 strengthened the voting rights that Native people had won individually.
   
   The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. From the government archives website, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
   
   Women’s suffrage in the United States lasted for almost 100 years. From history.com, in 1848, delegates to the Seneca Falls Convention agreed: American women were autonomous individuals who deserved their own political identities. In 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed; Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the organization’s first president. By then, the suffragists’ approach had changed. Instead of arguing that women deserved the same rights and responsibilities as men because women and men were “created equal,” the new generation of activists argued that women deserved the vote because they were different from men.
   
   In August of 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. As stated by the National Geographic website, on Nov. 2 of that year, more than eight million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time. Many Black women did manage to vote in 1920. Some had been exercising that right for several years in states like California, Illinois and New York, where women’s suffrage became law before the 19th Amendment — and even more women registered and cast ballots after its passage. However, not without their challenges. Poll taxes, literacy tests and grandfather clauses kept many African American women from voting.
   
   The 24th Amendment put an end to the use of poll taxes, ratified in January of 1964. From the government archives, the right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
   
   States generally required residents to pay a poll tax to register to vote or provide proof of payment of the tax to vote; failure to provide proof of paying the poll tax meant no voting.
   
   The reduction of voting age was changed by the 26th Amendment, ratified in March of 1971. From the government archives, the right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age.
   
   The minimum voting age became a debate around the time of World War II. As stated by the History website, the long debate over lowering the voting age began during World War II and intensified during the Vietnam War, when young men denied the right to vote were being conscripted to fight for their country. During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the minimum age for the military draft age to 18, at a time when the minimum voting age had been 21. “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” became a common slogan for a youth voting rights movement. In the 1970 case Oregon v. Mitchell, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had the right to regulate the minimum age in federal elections, but not at the state and local level. Amid increasing support for a Constitutional amendment, Congress passed the 26th Amendment in March 1971.
  
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  Compost business concerns neighbors
  By Pete Gawda

   A horse manure composting business just over the county line in Elbert County is in process for approval. Nearby residents are concerned; some are even ready to move if Elbert County favors the business.
   
   Jonathan Whetstine and his father started Colorado Manure Hauling in 2014, with one truck and 80 clients. At present, they have three trucks and more than 600 clients.
   
    Whetstine had been processing horse manure at other sites. About two months ago, he started bringing untreated horse manure to his 55-acre farm to be composted for lawns, pastures and gardens. The property is on County Road 73-82, which runs between Elbert Road and Falcon Highway. It is barely in Elbert County. The first 10 feet of the property is in El Paso County. The composting operation takes up about 3 acres of the property, which is also used for raising cattle and horses.
   
   The manure is piled in four long rows, the longest is 300 feet. The others are shorter. Each row is covered with a blue tarp. Before the composting process is complete, each row is turned over at least 15 times. The compost row is uncovered and turned over by a tractor-drawn machine that exposes it to the air and also allows it to be moistened by water sweetened with molasses. Whetstine said he checks the temperature and carbon content of the compost row before and after turning. He uses a logbook and computer to keep track of the composting process. In addition, he has lab reports completed. In a recent visit to the farm, the NFH found there was no odor or flies in the composting area.
   
   “It is my goal to keep it clean, keep it tidy and watch water run off,” Whetstine said.
   
   He is in the process of applying for a special use permit for his composting operation. In Elbert County, once a person has started the process to obtain a special use permit for a business, that person can operate the business during the approval process. If the permit is denied, then the person has to stop business operations.
   
   Whetstine said he has had several pre-application meetings with county officials. The next step is the community meeting, which took place Wednesday, Sept. 16, at his farm. After that meeting, Whetstine planned to submit his application. At that time, various regulatory agencies will be able to provide input on the process. The application will first go to the planning commission in Elbert County and then to the county commissioners for final approval. At each of those meetings, interested citizens will be able to voice their views on the application. At least one public hearing will be held.
   
   About 50 of Whetstine's neighbors attended the two-hour community meeting to ask questions and learn more about the composting business. Greg Laudenslager, a county land planner with Elbert County, attended the meeting as well.
   
   Some of Whetstine's neighbors said he should not be allowed to operate until his special use permit is approved.
   
   “If this goes through, we will have to move,” said Shelly McCall, who lives across the road in El Paso County. “This is not what we signed up for.”
   
   Whetstine explained the composting process. He said he maintains a temperature of 130 to 150 degrees to kill weed seeds and harmful pathogens. He said there are no foods or bio solids in the process. The compost is tested for harmful pathogens and the finished project is sent out to a lab for testing. One of the attendees noted that the finished product was tested, but there was no test for chemicals going into the ground.
   
   Some neighbors were bothered by the noise. Others said the operation was no louder than other farm machinery heard in the area.
   
   “This is an industry,” said Nancy Chew. “How do we know it will not get bigger?”
   
   “This is as large as it is going to get.”Whetstine said. He stressed that his current operation was a pilot project that would not last more than two years. He said it was his goal to expand his business and move to a larger location.
   
   Laudenslager said that a two-year limit could be one of the conditions for the special use permit. He said the process of applying for a special use permit usually takes six months; and, if the process takes longer than one year, the applicant has to reapply.
   
   Whetstine said he is working on getting a permit for an agricultural well. Currently, the process, which requires 3,400 gallons of water per row, uses water hauled in from a commercial well. He claimed the moisture content is controlled during the process, and there is no leeching of the manure into the soil. He also said that state regulations do not apply; and he is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture. The property is taxed as residential.
   
   “How do you stop it now?” asked Keith Chew. “How do you make it end today?
   
   Deterioration of the road because of heavy manure hauling trucks was another concern. Whetstine said he had paid for a traffic study and has the option of turning right outside his gate and using an Elbert County Road. He could also turn left and use an El Paso County road. He has contacted both counties about mitigating the damage to the road.
   
   When asked if he had a plan for removing the operation if his application is disapproved, Whetstine said he did not.
  
Jonathan Whetstine checks the carbon content in a windrow of composting horse manure. The round object on the manure windrow measures the temperature.
 
This is the machine that turns and moistens the manure windrows to aid in the composting process at Jonathan Whetstine’s manure farm.
 
Jonathan Whetstine turns and moistens a windrow of horse manure as part of the composting process. You can also see the rows incorporated as part of the operation.
 
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  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

   Falcon Highlands
   The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a construction contract and purchase order to Pyramid Construction Inc. for construction of the Falcon Highlands maintenance project for $2,502,111.90. The contract includes labor, materials and equipment necessary to complete improvements like concrete and asphalt maintenance in multiple filings. The scope of work includes removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, curb ramps, hot mix asphalt patching, paving and crack sealing.
   
   Falcon Marketplace
   The BOCC unanimously approved a cure of default by LG HI Falcon LLC regarding the subdivision improvements agreement for Falcon Marketplace. On June 16, 2020, the commissioners declared the LG HI Falcon was in partial default because they had not performed any work on the site for about two months, and the incomplete work created an imminent risk to public safety, downstream property and public infrastructure. Since then, the developer has resumed work and the risky conditions have been alleviated.
   
   UPDATE: Ryan Parsell, chief information officer for El Paso County, sent an email to the NFH regarding the stormwater drainage system/project. The county will not be completing the stormwater project at Falcon Marketplace. He wrote, “We believe the current owner is spearheading that and work resumed some weeks ago. Likewise, the County has not executed on the subdivision bond and it’s still in place.”
   
   However, a new owner is about to close on Falcon Marketplace.
   Russell Perkins from Evergreen Devco (new owners of Falcon Marketplace) said they will be closing on the property Sept. 24. The NFH will follow up with him for the November issue.
   
   King Soopers update
   Jessica Trowbridge from King Soopers corporate office recently provided a statement to the NFH regarding the new King Soopers at the Falcon Marketplace.
   
   “The store is intended to be a marketplace format, meeting many customers’ needs by providing one-stop shopping and access to the essentials customers are looking for.  In addition to traditional grocery offerings, the store will carry apparel, household goods, wellness and beauty items. Additionally, this location will feature a Starbucks, pharmacy, fuel center and will offer pickup, an online ordering and pickup service that makes life a little easier.”
   Trowbridge confirmed the store’s square footage is 123,000.
   “We are optimistic that construction will begin late in 2021, with an early 2023 opening; as with anything during a global pandemic, these dates are tentative and subject to change.”
    
   Paint Mines
   The commissioners unanimously approved a contract and purchase order to Smith Environmental & Engineering Inc. for the Paint Mines Interpretive Park Restoration Project for $327,796.80. This project is required for the county to restore the site from damage sustained from high usage, vandalism and overcrowding of both trails and parking lots. The work will include resurfacing the 8-foot-wide crushed limestone trail with shoulders, drainage and culvert installation, fencing and signage installation and a new parking area. The project is funded through a Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Grant.
   
   Rollin Ridge
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request by TC & C LLC for a construction permit for pre-development site grading for a 57.01-acre area of the proposed Rollin Ridge Filing No. 1 final plat before approval of the final plat. The property is located at the southwest corner of the Highway 83 and Hodgen Road intersection.
   
   Edgewood minor subdivision
   The commissioners unanimously approved a request by Karen and James Martens for a minor subdivision to create two single-family residential lots on 12 acres, zoned residential rural-5 and located on the north side of Poco Road, about 0.25 miles west of Vollmer Road. The approval is for a 7.22-acre lot, a 5.01-acre lot, a 5-foot-wide public improvement easement next to Poco Road and a 20-foot-wide strip of land within the second lot for a drainage easement. The property is located within the boundaries of the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   
   Grandview Reserve
   The BOCC unanimously approved a request by 4 Site Investments LLC for the sketch plan to allow development of 768 acres, zoned residential rural-2.5. The sketch plan allows for 587.1 acres of residential area with no more than 3,260 dwelling units, 127.1 acres of parks and open space, 17 acres of institutional area, 16.4 acres of neighborhood commercial area and 20.6 acres of public rights-of-way. The property is located north of Judge Orr Road, next to Eastonville Road and Highway 24 and included within the Falcon/Peyton Small Area Master Plan.
  
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