Fraser board to revisit Grand Park subdivision
September 11, 2014
Fraser's board of trustees will vote on Wednesday, Sept. 17, on whether to approve the plats and plan for a major subdivision within the Grand Park development.
Despite a recommendation for approval with conditions from the town planning commission and staff, the board tabled action on the application for The Willows at Grand Park at its Sept. 3 meeting after some trustees expressed reservations with some of the application's items.
The Willows is a proposed subdivision of townhomes in the larger Grand Park development in Fraser.
Some of the more prominent points of contention included the developer's reluctance to dedicate open space in the subdivision to the town or a homeowner's association.
Town code requires that common open space be dedicated or conveyed to the Town or to a private association such as a homeowner's association.
Jack Bestall, representing developer Grand Park Development LLC, said he believed the precedent was there to advance without a requirement to dedicate the open space, though town attorney Rod McGowan disagreed.
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A similar issue surfaced with a trail that runs through the zoning area for The Willows, which Trustee Jane Mather argued should be dedicated to the town per the municipal code.
"We don't think that will bring the same result," Bestall said, saying the trail would be better maintained by the developer.
Trustee Andy Miller said he was unsure about the drainage plan for the subdivision, which Public Works Director Allen Nordin said wasn't yet sufficient for 100-year flood levels.
Trustees ultimately decided to revisit those issues in the interim before their Sept. 17 meeting to resolve discrepancies between the town and the developer.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.