ASPEN — The development of nine homes in the hills above the Brush Creek Valley received the Pitkin County commissioners’ final, though reluctant, approval Wednesday.Even as the Droste family’s Brush Creek Ranch project gained the hard-won go-ahead, commissioners urged the Drostes to pursue options to conserve the sensitive land as open space or seek a buyer who would consolidate lots and limit construction to fewer homes. …A compromise already negotiated between the two sides eliminated one of 10 proposed lots, while other homesites were relocated to minimize their impact on the elk that winter in the area or migrate through it. Eight homes of up to 10,000 square feet and one of no more than 8,250 square feet were approved. They will be located north of the ridgeline that separates the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys outside of Snowmass Village, all but invisible from the valleys below.
By Janet Urquhart, August 27, 2009, Aspen Times

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