The B Lazy M Ranch sits south of Florissant, surrounded by Mueller State Park on three sides. Its 20 homes sit on 35-acre lots amid elephant rock outcroppings, forests, ponds and wildlife, with Pikes Peak as a backdrop. Since 2001, it also has been home of a war between homeowner Jan Jackson and the homeowners association over various issues.
Here is a view of the ranch from http://www.googleearth.com/, looking east.
The ranch has a website, http://www.blazym.com, where it displays photos and posts meeting agendas and various documents related to the homeowners association.
Below is a map showing directions to the gated community.
Jan Jackson and her husband bought a house with a barn and corral in 1999. They bought the house next-door, below, a few years later and moved. But they still own both properties.
Jackson’s ire toward the B Lazy M homeowners association was ignited when they questioned the size of a corral on the property at her first home. Then she accused the HOA of illegally storing water in this pond on Hay Creek.
The pond dam is 19 feet high and 200 feet long. It holds about 30 acre feet of water. It was built in 1963 to water cattle on the 1,600-acre ranch. After the ranch was developed into a subdivision in 1977, the HOA maintained it to water a few remaining cattle, to stock for fishing and as insurance against wildfires.
When the dam needed repair, the HOA issued a special assessment, which Jackson protested, to fix it and to buy water rights to fill the pond.