The proposed Berlaimont Development is a private project to build 19 trophy homes on a 680- acre parcel of land that is completely surrounded by the White River National Forest. The parcel is critical winter range for one of the last elk herds in the area. The developer wants to build a many mile, year-round, paved road through the National Forest to access the property. For more information on the proposed development click HERE.
In September 2020 Scott Fitzwilliams, the White River National Forest Supervisor, issued a decision allowing the road. EWSA, Wilderness Workshop, and other local environmental groups filed objections. On January 7, 2021, a USFS hearing officer conducted a hearing on the objections, at which ESWA and many other conservationists testified in opposition to the road. On January 25, 2021, the Hearing Officer largely upheld the granting of the permit, although the Forest Supervisor was directed to further consider several wildlife issues, such as impacts on the local elk herd. Click HERE for details.
ESWA will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with Wilderness Workshop and others to attempt to prevent the development and proposed access road.
What you can do
The proposed subdivision itself is not subject to review and approval by the Eagle County Commissioners because each lot will be 35 more acres in size, but various other aspects of the development may require County permits. Email the Eagle County Commissioners and urge them to deny any permits that may be required for the development or access road. You can email the Commissioners at email@example.com.