Planning commission votes against controversial Franktown development

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – The Douglas County Planning Commission voted against a controversial housing and business development proposed for Franktown.

Developers want to build 286 homes on roughly 80 acres of land, and devote another 20 acres to businesses. The development would be built near the intersection of Highways 86 and 83 in Franktown.

Residents have spent months fighting against the developers, arguing the development will change their small town into an urban area.

“We don’t want it. We don’t want this development in our community. We want to stay the small town community we were designed to be,” said Leah Ames.

Besides changing the character of their rural town, residents argued the new development would deplete their already-strained water supply because these houses would tap into the same aquifer residents already pull from. Residents said they would be forced to dig deeper wells to access water.

“We are overbuilding all around this area for the water we have here and no one is really paying any attention to that,” said Dan Craig.

“They aren’t going to bring in public water, they are going to drill wells right in the middle of our community and drain our aquifers and leave us high and dry so to speak,” said Mike Mullinnix.

At Monday night’s planning commission meeting, water experts brought in by the developers said Franktown’s current water supply could accommodate the new development. Developers also said the development will keep the charm of the city. Developers said they’ll use traffic studies and public input to help manage the influx of new cars into the area.

Ultimately, members of the planning commission sided with residents, and told the developers the development goes against Franktown’s master plan as a rural village. Members of the planning commission said they struggled to see how developers believed the proposed development fit…

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