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Granby trustees talk traffic, cottage homes program

Cottage homes, a highway traffic calming project, and an amendment to the town’s real estate purchase agreement with Sun Communities were just a few of the topics Granby’s Board of Trustees delved into during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

US 40 & 6TH STREET

Among the hot topics during Tuesday night’s meeting was a discussion of plans to address traffic concerns related to the east entrance to downtown Granby and the convergence point of US Highway 40, 6th Street, and County Road 60.



Town Manager Aaron Blair addressed the Board and noted concerns about the intersection of US 40 and 6th Street, with CR 60 ending abruptly into 6th Street just a few yards away from the intersection, has been a topic for town boards for decades. Blair said the town’s master plans from as far back as the 1980s include proposals to fix the intersection.

A series of possible fixes have been suggested, such as a roundabout, rerouting CR 60 or traffic calming measures further south on US 40. Tuesday’s discussion remained only at the introductory level. Tim Gagnon, a representative from Bowman Consulting – a firm that often does engineering consultation work for the town, presented the Trustees with a work proposal from his firm.



The proposal would see Bowman Consulting work with the town to develop a comprehensive plan to address traffic concerns at the intersection, which would then be presented to Colorado’s Department of Transportation in hopes of obtaining both approval for a future project as well as funding. The contract for engineering and consulting services was broken down into two separate contracts, which totaled roughly $20,000.

The Trustees declined to approve the contract Tuesday night, citing concerns about the size of the contract while stating their desire to discuss the issue further, at a future workshop, before selecting any consulting firm to assist with the project. The Trustees plan to discuss the issue further at their next meeting in late February in a workshop held prior to the official board meeting.

COTTAGE HOMES

Town Manager Blair presented a discussion item regarding the town’s plans to develop a cottage home program for the community. The exact specifics of the program are being worked out, and the town plans to hold a workshop regarding the program to better inform the public on it’s parameters and ramifications.

In essence the Cottage Home Program would see Granby’s municipal codes changed to allow for accessory dwelling units to be constructed and legally occupied within the town’s boundaries. The town board has not adopted the cottage home program yet and some of the details, including the dynamics related to water and sewer tap fees, are still being worked out. Town officials expect to take the issue back up for more discussion during (?).

SHOREFOX PURCHASE AMENDMENT

As part of Tuesday night’s meeting the town board unanimously approved an amendment to the purchase agreement between the town and Sun Communities regarding land sold to Sun for the proposed RV park development. Under the terms of the amended agreement the town is giving Sun ownership of an additional nine-tenths of an acre. The land is located directly between the two town owned ponds south of the Colorado River and will provide Sun with a short access road to the proposed development site. In exchange for the land Sun has granted the town rights to establish a public walking path that will encircle both ponds.


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