City approves new fence at Flying W Ranch

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Flying W Ranch is still on the mend after the Waldo Canyon Fire devastated their property back in 2012.

“We just had our groundbreaking on June 29th this year, and we’re slated to be open by next summer,” ranch general manager Aaron Winter said.

On Tuesday, representatives of the ranch went in front of City Council again to fight back against an appeal neighbors in the area presented to the council, regarding a fence.

City Council ultimately denied the appeal.

“I’m personally happy that the fence isn’t as big as it should be,” City Council President Richard Skorman said. “It’s a fence that blends into the background as more vegetation grows. I think the neighbors shouldn’t be alarmed by it.”

Winter said they are being courteous when it comes to building the fence and the design. He said it will blend in, like it did prior to the fire, once all the brush and trees grow back.

“The fence is there to keep out animals and predators that could potentially be dangerous guests and staff,” Winter said. “Also, it keeps out trespassers and vandals.”

Winter said the fence will be 10 feet back from their property line and will only be built on 137 acres of the total 1,400 acres.

Neighbors said in the city council meeting that the fence will block their view of the mountains and decrease their property values.

Skorman said the ranch’s property is private, so that’s why they passed it.

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