Granby annexes land for development
The Town of Granby Board of Trustees voted to annex 5.53 acres of property on County Road 60 for a possible future residential and commercial development Tuesday night.
Eric Anderson of TLC Rentals, LLC, petitioned the town to annex the property, zoned forestry and open under the county, to become part of the town of Granby, zoned highway and general business.
In approval of the annexation, the town also OK’d multi-family dwellings as a conditional use on the property within that highway and general business zone.
The annexation came with conditions noted by the town, such as Anderson must participate in a traffic study of County Road 60 and participate in the construction of any improvements of County Road 60 the town determines reasonable.
Bear-proof trash collection, drainage, landscape, lighting and road plans in compliance to town standards were also conditions.
Questions of density and site plans were reserved for future plan development.
“In order for him to spend the money, he needs to know who he’s dealing with,” said Mayor Jynnifer Pierro when grilled by a citizen about traffic and density details of the project.
Granby residents who live near the proposed development, such as Liz McIntyre and Ted Pratt, gave testimony to the town that Highway 60, which leads to several residences, senior homes, landscape nurseries, an alpaca farm and trades businesses, is reaching a dangerous volume of traffic.
Senior and young pedestrians use the narrow road that lacks a sidewalk, they said.
A platted but undeveloped subdivision called Sun Creek and an existing business area called Legacy Park could impact the sub-standard county road with more and more traffic, said Pratt, yet those developments were never tapped for road
Another residential and business subdivision would further compound an already dangerous and busy intersection of CR 60, Sixth Street and Highway 40, Pratt warned.
“Somewhere along the line, the town, county and state need to be realistic. This intersection can handle only so much traffic,” he said.
“Do you as the town have the money to take care of the intersection if you make it part of your town?” asked his wife, Terry Pratt.
The town’s general answer was that the current application opened the door to possible solutions for that road and intersection, an intersection that would be addressed by both the town and the county.
The applicant would be required to help pay for a traffic study and make improvements to the road as it pertains to his future development, said town officials.
A preliminary site plan for the development shows two 15,000 square-foot office warehouse buildings and a maximum of 25 multi-family units ranging form 1,000 to 2,000 square feet.
It’s been proposed that dwellers in the subdivision would access their properties from 11th Street to the north of the parcel.
The Granby board is considering adding more teeth to its nuisance laws to give police the ability to cite violators of disturbances such as disorderly conduct on private property.
The request to update the town’s law stemmed from problems citizens claim they are having regarding a neighboring rental property. The renters are noisy, drive vehicles dangerously fast and are suspected of conducting other potentially harmful activities in a neighborhood with young children, one citizen said.
It was reported the Granby police had been called to the particular property several times, but have been limited by the laws on Granby’s books.
Town manager Wally Baird, who collected samples of other town and city ordinances as possible templates, said Granby’s code is limited to noise and violations that happen on public property.
The town could consider a citation or action to correct problems on private property, he said.
Trustee Ken Coatney advised the town to consider an ordinance that applies to the entire community, not just tailored to one rental property.
It was agreed to bring the matter back to the town on a future agenda for more public input and to hear information from Police Chief Bill Housley, who was absent from the meeting.
Similar to a state law that encourages purchases of Colorado pine beetle products by exempting state sales tax, Patty Peterson of Legacy Building Specialties asked the town to exempt local sales tax on such products.
Peterson, who made her presentation as a citizen request, noted that town sales tax exemption of 4 percent on beetle-kill wood products, such as bags of pellets for pellet stoves, would be good for marketing. Such an exemption would represent a very small piece of the town’s sales tax pie, she said.
The state already exempts its 2.9 percent sales tax on select beetle-kill wood products to encourage use of the abundant material. The exemption sunsets in 2014.
Town board members were not opposed to the idea, but chose to consider the topic in a future meeting after having a chance to gather more information.
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