lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would create a buffer zone
around Fort Carson. More importantly, say proponents, it would make the
mountain post less likely to be shut down during the next round of base
Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Joel Hefley announced details of the measure during a news conference on Friday. Their plan would set up a fund to buy easements around Fort Carson, creating a buffer zone. About 50,000 acres of ranchland would be in the easement. Ranchers will be allowed to raise cattle on the land, but the land could not be subdivided, sold, or developed.
The Nature Conservancy is also involved in the agreement. The environmental group is interested in protecting unique animal and plant life on the ranchland."
From Ft. Carson buffer zone proposed Posted By: Bea Karnes (Updated: 1/14/2005 8:27:48)
EL PASO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GIVE UNANIMOUS APPROVAL TO A PLAN THAT WILL GIVE FORT CARSON A LITTLE BREATHING ROOM FROM LAND DEVELOPMENT ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE POST.
UNDER THE PLAN THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WILL PAY $2.8 MILLION FOR A 4,800 ACRE BUFFER ZONE AIMED AT PREVENTING COMPLAINTS FROM FUTURE RESIDENTS OVER MILITARY EXERCISES.
THE BUFFER ZONE REMOVES SEVENTY EXISTING VACANT LOTS IN RANCHO COLORADO FROM FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.
THE OPEN SPACE BUFFER AREA EXTENDS EASTWARD ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF FROM THE EXISTING FORT CARSON BOUNDARY.
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FT. CARSON BUFFER ZONE, County Approves Plan To Improve Safety And Privacy At Eastern Edge Of Fort Carson by Jeffrey Orman, Colorado Springs-Pueblo, krdotv.com, 9/29/2005