Byers Peak Ranch negotiations will continue
Fraser trustees agreed to continue deliberations with Byers Peak Ranch officials until April 18, after a public hearing and an executive session with the town attorney on March 21.
Trustee Scotty Brent said the board wants Byers Peak Ranch representatives to respond definitively to the town’s Feb. 15 memo.
“They need to say yes or no to them, and give the board some creative options,” he said.
The Feb. 15 memo lists six points of disagreement about the annexation of Byers Peak Ranch:
• Water rights and augmentation facility construction
• Water plant investment fees
• Sewer plant investment fees
• Public water and sewer system
• Road maintenance
• Gravel operations.
During the public meeting, Byers Peak representative Jack Bestall spoke regarding the annexation. He wasn’t notified by the town until the day before the meeting, he said.
“There is a mutual benefit to the town and Byers Peak Ranch,” he said.
Bestall requested that the two parties continue with negotiations and have more face time to discuss the issues.
“There were only four total hours of face-to-face time with the town to negotiate the annexation agreement,” he said. He also requested an economic impact study be completed, which was not done.
“There will be multiple use, retail, commercial that bodes well for Fraser,” he said as a reason to continue to negotiate terms of the annexation.
Cheri Sanders, a Fraser resident, asked the board to continue negotiations. She believes the private road costs are a big issue.
“It has to be a compromise. As a resident who plans to live here forever – continue negotiations,” she said.
Jay Clough, a Fraser resident and business owner, said he agreed with Sanders and hopes the town will continue negotiations. His concern about the annexation plan is the dust and pollution from the gravel operation. He also asked that the developer pay attention to the analysis Grand County has documented in the Master Plan.
Fraser resident Pat Rupert said that the agreement doesn’t address drainage and traffic.
Bestall was able to respond to comments at the end of the public hearing.
“We are trying to do something affordable, we want the homes to be primary homes. We are willing to work on the private roads issue,” he said.
The new town board will take on the annexation agreement during their next board meeting, April 4, the day after the April 3 municipal election.
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