The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Matt Steiner

El Paso County com­mis­sion­ers voted Tues­day to re­zone more than 1,400 acres in the Black For­est area north of Colorado Springs, paving the way for a de­vel­op­ment that will in­clude al­most 300 homes and a golf course.

The com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved with a 4-1 vote to change the area west of Black For­est Road and south of Hod­gen Road from 5-acre ru­ral res­i­den­tial to a Planned Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment that will al­low a min­i­mum lot size of 2.5 acres. Com­mis­sioner Dar­ryl Glenn cast the only “no” vote, say­ing a plan to ex­tend Stage Coach Road west of Colorado 83 would “ex­ac­er­bate” a dan­ger­ous traf­fic sit­u­a­tion.

“The re­al­ity is the cur­rent con­di­tion on 83 right now is not safe,” Glenn said.

John May­nard of de­vel­oper Clas­sic Homes out­lined a plan that in­cluded ac­cel­er­a­tion and de­cel­er­a­tion lanes and a new traf­fic sig­nal at the in­ter­sec­tion of Stage Coach and 83. The plan also in­cludes mul­ti­ple round­abouts to slow traf­fic.

The de­vel­oper must ac­quire per­mits to move for­ward. Con­struc­tion of Fly­ing Horse North is ex­pected to take 15 years.

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