|Land Use and
Current land use at the site is varied and complex. In general, the major uses of the range are listed below:
The remainder of the range is predominantly undeveloped and is used for cattle grazing, farming, recreation, and associated support activities.
In 1999, the E-470 corridor, which borders the western edge of the range, opened. The E-470 interstate provides a direct route from the Denver International Airport to the southern side of Denver. The new interstate also provides convenient access to all of eastern Denver. The opening of this corridor has spurred the attention of land developers interested in residential and commercial development of the range. High-density residential developments are currently under construction on, and adjacent to, the southwestern portion of the site. An estimated total of 7,340 residences and seven schools are planned for this area. In order to accelerate development, a number of these developers are performing private munitions response activities. Based on this current activity, and future land use plans of the city of Aurora and Arapahoe County , it is anticipated that the range will be used for residential and commercial development, community parks, recreation areas, public facilities, and open space in the very near future.
Additionally, the mission of the SLB is to manage state-owned land primarily to generate revenue for public education. An article in the Denver Post described the FLBGR as “nearly one-third the size of Denver, the parcel may be the largest developable piece of land abutting any metro area in the country” (Denver Post, 2000). Hence, local and national developers are approaching the SLB about purchasing its piece of the range for considerable sums. It is anticipated that development of the SLB portion of the range could occur relatively rapidly in the coming years.
Proposed land use within the FLBGR, click image to view larger image.