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Debate Over Proposed Girls Camp Heats Up

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The debate is heating up over a proposal to build a girls camp in Southern Colorado.

Officials with the LDS Church are requesting permission to buy about 90 acres of land to build a girls camp near Rye. It would be an expansion to the girls camp that the church has already been operating in the area for a few years.

"The camp that exists now is actually overbooked, and campers come from north Denver, Fort Collins, even New Mexico to use these camps," said Victor Lauer, an architect with the LDS Church.

Some people in the community are adamantly against the plan. They are concerned about increased use of rural roads, interference with operations at a local ranch and danger to water supplies.

"We moved to this area because we want the privacy, we want the country lifestyle. We do not really want to change," said Rita Ziegler. She lives nearby and is against the proposed camp.

On neighbor tells 11 News she is worried the camp would bring more traffic to her remote neighborhood.

"They count up to 300 cars going on Bartlett Trail when the kids are brought up," said Betty Riggin.

Church officials say the camp's busy time is only nine weeks of the year during the summer.

"The reality is the traffic for nine weeks' worth of 200 campers is about the same amount of vehicles [that] would go in if there were two houses on that piece of property over the span of a year's time," said Lauer.

The church made a presentation to the Huerfano County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, but they decided to table the discussion until the end of January.

The commissioners said they need more information and time to consider the proposal before moving forward.

You can trust 11 News to keep you updated on this developing story.

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