UPDATE: At the GEHA 5/25/16 quarterly resident meeting, the GEHA Board indicated that they will fully research the possibility of joint community ownership of the open space before proceeding with the name change from a HOA to a Neighborhood Association to ensure that the entity of an HOA would not be needed to be maintained. The GEHA Board expects to complete this process by the end of June.
Several GVE residents had already contacted the new GEHA Board to express their thoughts about the open space area south of Birch St. between 2nd. and 3rd. As residents are aware, there is a trail along the Happy Canyon Creek with parking at the far south end of 2nd St. in the cul de sac. And, on a sunny day, HawkQuest can be seen training various birds of prey.
As part of her Development Watch efforts, GEHA Board member Tina Schwartz contacted Douglas County for information.
Ownership currently belongs to Douglas County, and any improvements would first need a “site plan” submitted to the County Commissioners. It would need to include all of the standard information such as: what is planned?, where is it planned?, who is developing the plan?, etc.
The second question under the “Community Development” section of our resident survey indicated that of the residents who responded, many felt that it should be left “as is.” There were various reasons cited, but one point that was reiterated by several residents was that with all of the development going on around us, it was great to have undeveloped open space right within our community. Other concerns were: cost, maintenance, a “hangout” for GVE teenagers, and use by individuals outside of our community.
The GEHA Board will take into consideration all resident input. If you didn’t answer the recent resident survey, feel free to email us with any thoughts or concerns.
Regardless of what is decided, the entire process may take a few months to determine whether there is enough interest to develop an initial plan. Not to mention additional community involvement being required to complete the extensive Douglas County planning process. And, as always, before proceeding any proposed plan would be put to a formal resident vote at a future quarterly meeting.