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Massive development coming to Tri-Lakes region

Posted at 9:28 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 14:00:47-04

MONUMENT – Thousands of new homes are expected to be built in the Tri-Lakes communities over the next several years.

It’s just one of the topics that will be presented this Friday during the State of the Tri-Lakes Region Luncheon at the Great Wolf Lodge.

If you drive east on Baptist Road you’ll find the Sanctuary Pointe development.

If you go west on Baptist Road you’ll hit the Forest Lakes development. Terri Hayes, president & CEO of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation and Visitor Center, said about 1,400 homes will be built in this area.

Hayes said Flying Horse has a large development that is going in off of Hodgen Road in Black Forest.

News 5 spoke with Hayes on Tuesday to find out what this massive growth will mean for the local economy and residents.

“Houses have been just going like crazy, being built like crazy.”

More people continue to call the Tri-Lakes area home. 2018 brought a lot of growth and even more gains are expected in 2019 and beyond.

Hayes said, “They’re just hitting a lot of the county land that is available and so a lot of the private landowners are now deciding now’s the time to develop…as those homes start being developed we’ll see more businesses come to the community.”

It means new restaurants, shopping, and job opportunities, but it’s not something everyone is on board with.

Hayes said, “I completely understand that. There’s a lot of people who have lived here 40, 50, 60, 70 years that have seen their towns change.”

With a growing population, some are wondering how the Tri-Lakes area will deal with issues like traffic.

“Highway 105 is planned to be widened. Jackson Creek Parkway is planned to be widened.”

Another concern is water as everyone shares the same aquifer.

“How do we do reuse? How do we capture more ground water versus drawing from our wells?”

Those are just some of the questions Hayes said leaders are trying to answer with the help of development dollars.

If you’re interested in learning more about new housing in the Tri-Lakes region you can call the chamber office at (719) 481-3282.

You can also attend the State of the Tri-Lakes Region Luncheon on Friday. The deadline to register is Wednesday. CLICK HERE for more information.