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The Board of County Commissioners recently discussed two specific development proposals that involve equestrian projects near Crawford among four planning items overall.

The commissioners approved a specific development application for an eight- to 10-bed residential treatment center, Rights of Passage.

The proposed facility is intended to help people with their issues arising from trauma, PTSD and other mental health concerns that prevent them from living a fully healthy lifestyle, according to the specific development application.

The facility is not a halfway house or detox facility. "Clients needing detox must clear such a facility before being allowed to enter the Rights of Passage program," according to the application.

Treatment procedures will use holistic methods and no medical personnel will be stationed on the facility, which will be located on two separate parcels at 41900 Cottonwood Creek Road and 4979 4200 Road. The applicant is Alicia Adrian. The landowner is stated as Aron Cegielski and the Cegielski Family Trust.

The application states that the well-known Dream Catcher facility and program at Olathe is similar to the concept being proposed by Rights of Passage. The program has operated "in the Boulder county area for several years," the applicant stated.

While all necessary application fees, notices and review by the county apply to the application for Rights of Passage, no public meetings were scheduled because planning staff considered the application a minor specific development.

A second specific development application involving equestrian facilities in Crawford Country was reviewed by the BoCC which OK'd the project (as for Rights of Passage) for an "administrative approval" process that will not include public hearings before the local APC or planning commission.

The planning department recommended that the project, called Trailhead Stables, also be dealt with as a minor specific development. The project would be located near Crawford at the intersection of roads 4050 and L75.

According to planning staff, there is a 30-acre property with a residence. A riding arena measuring 100 feet by 120 feet would be built to provide riding and horsemanship instruction. Included would be a stable with four stalls, hay lockers, grain room and tack room.

The stables could be used for boarding horses, as part of instruction programs, or simply as a fee membership business allowing access to the year-round arena, according to the concept presented. Sheds, paddocks and a round pen are also part of the concept.

Chelsea Frediani, part owner, is the applicant, and the property owners are Stephen and Cynthia Frediani of Napa, Calif., according to county records.

In a separate planning item, the commissioners approved a resolution ratifying a development agreement for the Kuntz Chicken Ranch specific development on Redlands Mesa.

On advice from the county attorney, commissioners are now adding an additional step in the specific development approval process by adopting a resolution approving the development agreement which is signed by both the applicant and the county after specific development applications are approved.

In a final item of planning, the commissioners approved a variance for Robert and Linda Lario on a lot at the Hidden Mesa subdivision. According to the presentation, the Larios purchased an easement for construction of a road in difficult terrain at the subdivision. Because the terrain there is so adverse for home building, the only buildable location would have violated the county's setback requirement from the property line.

County regulations provide for a variance to setbacks in such instances, and the commissioners approved the variance request.

At its Jan. 18 regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners granted an exemption from the subdivision process for a land division to create a road right-of-way. Planning staff cited Article 7 of the subdivision regulations for the exemption that will lead to creation of a right-of-way for 1900 Road.

Additionally, they approved a boundary adjustment application in the Volk minor subdivision, and they adopted a resolution for a setback variance on a lot in the Hidden Mesa subdivision.

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