Granby grows with latest annexation
July 20, 2010
“Granby just got a little bit bigger,” said Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro upon the town’s July 13 annexation of 126 acres owned by Dan Hahn.
“Welcome to the town,” she said to Hahn.
The land comprises 85 acres of property northwest of the East Grand Middle School that contains a working gravel pit, now zoned “industrial.” Another 21.141 acres in proximity to school-district land is planned to one-day become a 53-lot subdivision zoned “single-family residential low density district” (R-1) called Fox Hollow, another 5 acres zoned “highway and general business district” (HGB) is planned to be deeded back to the original owner of the property for equipment and materials storage, and yet more acreage includes two and one-half lots as part of the Great Divide Head Lettuce Colony, zoned R-1.
As part of the annexation, the town requested fees for water and park development, payment in lieu of water and park dedication and water-quality fees in the amount of a total $86,000, plus actual land dedication for a park.
If the gravel pit ever ceases operation, an agreement stands that the owner will dedicate its water to the town of Granby, according to Granby Town Manager Wally Baird.
The owner is also required to pay all costs for consultants on the development of the property, he said.
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The gravel pit will have the same conditions that fell under the county’s jurisdiction, according to Baird, with one condition that a fence bordering the gravel-pit land be replaced by a berm at least 6-feet high with plantings.
With the annexation, the town is poised to gain use taxes on materials from construction at the proposed subdivision, plus sales taxes from the residents who will someday live there.
During the hearing, Scott Holley, a resident of the Great Divide Lettuce Colony, spoke out – not in opposition of the annexation – but in an appeal to the town that it review the road access in those areas.
Holley stated that it would be prudent for the town to start planning future road usage in that area to avoid future residents being “blocked in” and forced to use private roadways, or residents funneling to any one road, such as County Road 61, which would create traffic congestion near schools.
In response to Holley’s request, Baird said the town would start communicating with residents on the mesa to discuss impacts and to consider where future traffic should go. The end result would be a “statement of intent” that would be attached to all annexation documents for reference in the event of future development on the mesa.
“The annexation isn’t subject to that,” Baird said, “but it’s an important document to do.”