Eagle County approves boat ramp on private property near Bond

Scott Miller
Vail Daily
The owner of a private parcel along the Colorado River near Bond this week received approval to build a private boat ramp on the property. Eagle
County/courtesy photo

Conditions are almost always a part of Eagle County land use applications. The Eagle County Board of Commissioners this week decided some conditions are a bit too much.

The commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a special use permit for a boat ramp on an 18-acre piece of private property along the Colorado River in the Bond area. The ramp, a bit north of the public Two Rivers boat launch, won’t be available to the public, or to commercial operators. The ramp will only be used by the property owner and guests.

After a presentation by Trent Hyatt, the county’s community development department deputy director, and applicant’s representative Tambi Katieb, the commissioners had some questions.

A boat launch isn’t in the county’s land use regulations. As the application went through the county’s approval process, officials had to find a way to work the request into the current regulations. Officials finally went with the “Resort Recreational Facility” designation.

The county planning staff reports that the stretch of river around the proposed private ramp has “outstandingly remarkable values” for fishing, boating and wildlife. But, the report adds, uses at the ramp could have environmental impacts including potential algae growth and sediment buildup near the ramp.

While the staff and planning commission conditions asked for monitoring and frequent maintenance, the commissioners wondered if some of those conditions were needed.

Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney said she was concerned about the condition requiring ongoing monitoring. The property owner will be interested in keeping the ramp up to standards, she added.

“I feel like we’re overstepping in terms of conditions,” McQueeney said.

Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry noted that the requirement for annual inspection “seems excessive,” given the possible additional demands on staff. Commissioner Matt Scherr also questioned some of the conditions, noting that if a condition isn’t needed to meet the county’s existing standards, those conditions should be dropped.

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