Fraser board cancels Byers Peak Ranch annexation hearing |

Fraser board cancels Byers Peak Ranch annexation hearing

FRASER – Due to a disagreement about undisclosed, confidential terms in the annexation agreement, the public hearing about annexation of the 295-acre Byers Peak Ranch has been canceled indefinitely.

The public hearing was on the agenda for the Fraser Town Board meeting scheduled for March 7. The hearing was later canceled by the board, said town Manager Jeff Durbin.

“It was premature to have a public meeting until both the town and Byers Peak Ranch can come to an agreement on acceptable terms,” he said.

The town board is determining what the next steps will be, Durbin said.

Byers Peak Ranch representatives were surprised to learn the meeting was canceled, but they agreed that the terms of the annexation plan have not been mutually agreed upon.

The terms at issue are confidential, according to Jack Bestall, a representative for Byers Peak Ranch owners. However, the property owners are frustrated that they haven’t been able to meet with the town to reach an agreement since they have invested time and energy into annexation, said Bestall.

Byers Peak Ranch owners believe there is a benefit for the town to annex Byers Peak Ranch, including augmentation of storage ponds, a 6-acre maintenance facility, and a plan for commercial and residential development.

“What is in the plan was approved by the planning commission,” Bestall said.

“This is a developer-pays-his-way type of town, and we understand that. What we are seeking is an annexation agreement, that Byers Peak Ranch is on a level playing field with other projects, and we hope that we can meet with the town of Fraser,” he added.

“It’s a challenging market and always has been in Grand County. We think we can do something at Byers Peak Ranch that is affordable, and would like to talk more about it with the town. However if we are not able to meet, the ownership of Byers Peak Ranch will need to look at other development alternatives.”

Durbin agrees that Byers Peak Ranch should be annexed to the town of Fraser, but in a beneficial manner and not to the detriment of other properties within the town.

“The terms of the agreement are key to answer whether annexation could happen,” he said. “The town has invested a lot of time and resources pursuing mutually agreeable terms.”

In December 2007 the initial annexation petition was submitted to Fraser town staff. In February 2008 the Fraser Town Board approved the land as eligible for annexation under state statute.

In March 2011 the Fraser Planning Commission began its process for annexation of the ranch into town during a public hearing . After three public hearings the Planning Commission recommended planned development district zoning for the property if it should be annexed with a series of conditions in May 2011.

Fraser residents can find information about the annexation and meeting agendas on the town of Fraser website:

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