Fort Collins wants to give hikers greater access to the Reservoir Ridge open space near LaPorte with a new trailhead off Overland Trail, but it doesn’t want to pave the parking area.
The city’s Natural Areas Department has filed an appeal with the Larimer County Board of Commissioners over the county planning department’s requirement that parking spaces for 11 vehicles as well as horse trailers and a bus be paved.
The trailhead will be on open-space land owned by the city but located in the county, less than a mile north of Vine Drive. It is directly across Overland Trail from the entrance to the Poudre Overlook subdivision. Residents there have objected to the potential impact of the trailhead on traffic as well other issues.
A public hearing on the paving appeal will be held on May 14 at 3 p.m. before the commissioners in the county courthouse at 200 W. Oak St. Public testimony will be taken at the hearing, and comments also may be submitted in advance to Samantha Mott in the Larimer County Planning Department, firstname.lastname@example.org.