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Proposed Language Modifications to Open Space Documents

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Revised Open Space Comprehensive Management Plan, adopted by both the Master Association and Metropolitan District Boards in December 2017, inadvertently contains obsolete language from the original 1997 plan. This language is found in Section VI. J and relates to the extension of a resident’s property onto Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space previously identified as encroachments but later changed to landscape violations. The proposed modified language in the revised plan replaces the term “encroachment” with “landscape violation.” An example is shown below:

Landscape rule violations resulting from the extension of a resident’s property onto Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space can take a variety of forms. These range from a simple expansion of a turfed yard or pet area (using invisible fences) to elaborate landscaping, playgrounds, and even irrigated soccer fields. Landscape rule violations from the 850 properties bordering the interior Open Space as well as several properties that are adjacent to our exterior boundary are no longer tolerated and resident requests will not be approved.

The language in the revised plan also eliminates the provision for licensing new landscape violations. Consequently, language in the Landscape Rules Violation Enforcement Policies and Procedures (adopted April 2014) requires modification to reflect this policy change. The proposed change to the Landscape Rules violations language removes any mention of licensing future violations. The introduction to this section now reads:

The Master Association’s Board of Directors (“Board”) recognizes that some homeowners in Ken-Caryl Ranch have made landscape improvements that encroach on property owned by the Master Association (“Association”). To protect the Association properties for the benefit of all members, landscape extensions into open space are considered rules violations and will be corrected through procedures identified in the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space and Parks Rules and Enforcement Policy.

In addition to the changes noted above, the Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Committee recommend a revision to Section A (Cultural Resources and Paleontology) of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Revised Open Space Comprehensive Management Plan which would allow open space visitors, under special conditions, to remove artifacts from open space. New language will also be added to this section encouraging the public to bring in artifacts they may have found in the past to an “Artifact Day” event to determine the age of the artifact and what it is. It also gives the Historical Society authority to grant ownership of an artifact to the finder if the artifact is determined to be of low value based on the assessment of experts at an Artifact Day event.
Finally, new language will be added to Section Q, Maintenance Procedures, to reflect that the Volunteer Trail Coordinators are responsible for construction and maintenance of single-track trails.

All language changes have been reviewed and approved by the Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Committee and can be found at the link below:

Management Plan Changes Landscape Violation Policy Changes

The Master Association and Metropolitan District Boards will vote on the proposed changes at their respective meetings on May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Ranch House.

Questions? Contact Sean Warren at seanw@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 463.

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