Fraser trustees OK final plan, two plats for Elk Creek
The Fraser Board of Trustees has approved the final plan and final plat filings one and two for Elk Creek at Grand Park.
The board approved the documents at its July 29 meeting.
Town staff recommended approval of the final plan and final plat filings one and two.
The Elk Creek subdivision, located adjacent to Elk Creek in Cozens Meadow, includes 71 single-family lots averaging 5,500 square feet.
During discussion, the board and developer Clark Lipscomb debated a few of the conditions included on the resolution provided to the board.
Among them was a condition that Grand Park sign the Mary’s Pond Access and Operations Agreement prior to plat recordation.
Mary’s Pond, which is located in the Rendezvous development, would provide augmentation water to both Rendezvous and Grand Park.
The agreement is between Fraser and Rendezvous and Grand Park regarding the operation of the pond.
Lipscomb argued that because he doesn’t own the property that Mary’s Pond is located on, approval of the first two Elk Creek plats shouldn’t be contingent upon signing the agreement.
Lipscomb expressed frustration that the town had not responded to a draft of the agreement that had been submitted.
“I don’t think its very fair to say, ‘Oh, we’ve got this urgency to get this done,’ but we’re not getting any specificity in terms of responses or otherwise from the town of what the issue might be, and I certainly don’t think it should be tying up plats that are wholly unrelated to the land it sits on,” Lipscomb said. “And particularly for an owner where, I don’t own the land where Mary’s Pond sits, guys.”
Mayor Peggy Smith said town staff needed direction from the board to respond to the draft and the board hadn’t met since the draft was received.
Town Manager Jeff Durbin said that the reason Grand Park was party to the agreement was because Grand Park will receive water service from Mary’s Pond.
“The essential question is does the town manage and operate the pond or does Rendezvous operate and manage the pond?” Durbin said.
Referring to opinions expressed by board members, Durbin said he believed that it was the town’s position that Fraser should manage and operate the pond.
The draft submitted states that Rendezvous would first operate and manage the pond. Fraser would take over in the event the Rendezvous could no longer operate or manage the pond.
“I’m going to tell you that we think the operation by Rendezvous first in line is the way it’s structured,” Lipscomb said.
Trustee Andy Miller said letting the town manage and operate the pond was a more long-term strategy.
“We have to take the long vision here, and the long vision is that the town is ultimately responsible for the water utility in this community, and the only way we can be guaranteed of that responsibility is to take on the responsibility of operating these facilities,” Miller said.
Developer Terry Stanford of Rendezvous said that he would be “agreeable” to amending the draft to allow for joint operation of the pond between Rendezvous and Fraser, though he said “joint operation” would have to be precisely defined.
The board left the condition on the resolution.
Attainable housing was also a topic of discussion during the meeting.
Grand Park had proposed including seven single-family lots as attainable housing in filing three of Elk Creek, Lipscomb said.
Lipscomb said the town hadn’t provided any clear data regarding the demand for attainable housing in Fraser and that he wanted clear evidence there is market demand for before moving forward.
“What I need is direction with clarity and not the, ‘We don’t think you’re in compliance or that doesn’t work,’” Lipscomb said. “I’m open to ideas.”
Durbin suggested the town and Lipscomb work together to outline the terms of a deed restriction program and possible incentives for affordable housing by October 2016, which Lipscomb agreed to.
An affordable housing audit will be completed by Oct. 31 of this year for Grand Park.
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