Environmental Control Committee

The ECC Committee is responsible for compliance with the Building and Camping Regulations. Note that Building regulations apply to new building projects as well as well as to additions and remodeling.

Patsy Bond Leader
Kae Schroeder Member
Kerri Gillespie Member
 The ECC can be contacted via fwcr.ecc.gmail.com


Improvements Requiring Review & Approval from the Environmental Control Committee (ECC)

1. New Cabin or Home constructed on property

2. Physical Modifications to any property:



•Tool and Storage Sheds.

•Installation of: Solar Panels, Wind Generators, Non-Portable Electrical Generators, and Power Poles.

3. Exterior Modifications to an existing Structure or Residence:

•New Roof


•Architectural Additions: Porches, Decks, Garages, storage or any deviation to a previously approved construction project.

The ECC should be notified of the following improvements, but approval is not required

  • Repairs to existing roofs when color is unchanged, or materials   match.
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing Stain and or Paint.
  • Septic Systems & Water Wells. It is the responsibility of the landowner to secure County and State permits for drilling water wells, or installing a Septic System to be in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Any interior work such as adding or removing walls, electrical or plumbing work, new interior construction or renovation, etc.
  • Note: The State and County may require permits for certain types of work such as electrical modifications and or additions, as well as some plumbing work. Getting these permits is the responsibility of the owner.



Costilla County Permits Are Required Before Submitting Requests To The ECC

In addition to complying with the Forbes Wagon Creek ROA building regulations, compliance and permitting by the Costilla County Planning and Zoning Department is required. Full information can be obtained at their websitehttp://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CNTY-Costilla/CBON/1251595038047

All ranch owners and contractors should be aware of the seasonal aspect of building in Wagon Creek. Usually during the winter snow season, November thru May, the roads are not passable.

Each Owner is responsible for complying with the Building Regulations. Before you start making plans, always read the building regulations first. The building regulations will be strictly enforced.

In order to assist each Owner in the planning and designing of a Residence and to take full advantage of the unique opportunities of the parcel, a comprehensive design review process administered by the Environmental Control Committee has been established.

Under the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, the ECC is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the standards set forth in the Building Regulations. The ECC has the responsibility and authority for reviewing all designs proposed for construction within Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch, and to issue all formal approvals or dis-approvals of projects. The Owner may undertake only those Improvements, which have received final approval by the ECC.

Each Residence or Improvement must meet the criteria of the Building.

Regulations as well as the rules and regulations of governmental authorities having jurisdiction (i.e. Costilla County and the State of Colorado).

In general, the ECC design review process is divided into the following phases:

  • Starting the Process/Initial Contact
  • Pre-Design Meeting; Submittal of required paperwork
  • Site Inspection; ECC Review and Response
  • Government Permits; Final Inspection

The ECC will conduct reviews of projects during its regular meetings or at other such times, as it deems appropriate. The ECC will respond in writing with comments (including email where appropriate) no later than 14 days after the proposal is received. Results of reviews will not normally be discussed over the telephone with an Owner or Builder. Any responses an Owner may wish to make in reference to issues contained in the ECC's review of submittals shall be addressed to the ECC in writing, per fax or per email.

Property and Building Complaints:  If you have a complaint about a property or buildng within Wagon Creek, please complete and submit the ECC Complaint Form attached below.


The CC&Rs give the ECC the responsibility to grant camping privileges to owners and their guests. Three types of permits are available/required; Vacation, Construction, and Hunting Camping.  

Vacation - camping on a Lot for more than 3 consecutive nights & days, more than once each calendar month requires a camping permit from the ECC. The camping permit is good for up to four (4) consecutive weeks. If campinglonger than 4 weeks at one time, please contact the ECC to renew the camping permit for the extended period of time.

Construction - a camping permit may be granted to an owner for use by himself or a builder/contractor during construction. This permit allows a tent or trailer to remain on the property while construction is ongoing. Association contractors, such as Security Services, Fire Mitigation Services, Fencing Crew and others working for the Association, should apply for and may be granted a Camping Permit to be used by the Service during the time the service is being performed. This permit allows a tent or trailer to remain on the Association property during this time.

Hunting - poaching continues to be a major concern on the Ranch.  The Hunting Permit allows the Hunting Committee  to ensure only those who have the proper permits are hunting and allows contact in case of emergencies.

The main purpose of all the permits is to ensure we know who's on the Ranch in case of emergencies or evacuations (like the 2018 Spring Creek fire evacuations).


“FireWise Construction: Site Design & Building Materials”. This brochure contains good information concerning fire behavior and building construction. It can be downloaded from the State of Colorado.



If you have a complaint about a property or buildng within Wagon Creek, please complete and submit the ECC Complaint Form (attached below)


All contractors have to apply for a license tag and gate key at a cost of $50.00/year. Tags and keys are renewable every September 1st.

FWC Ranch Owners, NEVER give your owner key to a contractor or leave it hidden at the gate!!!!

For additional gate key information contact the Ranch Manager.


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