Shorefox development in Granby, discussions at standstill
Negotiations between the Town of Granby and the Conscience Bay Company of Boulder regarding the dormant Shorefox development north of Granby proper are at a standstill.
Representatives from Conscience Bay met with the Granby Board of Trustees during the last meeting the Board held in 2015 to discuss particulars related to their proposed development of the Shorefox property located north of US Highway 34 and east of US Highway 40 in a large section of land adjacent to the Colorado River.
That meeting yielded no actionable results but the Granby Board laid out a number of specific requirements Conscience Bay would be required to meet for the development to proceed.
Granby Town Manager Wally Baird outlined the basic requirements the Board placed upon Conscience Bay for future development of Shorefox. The Board required the, “dedication of 75 acre feet of water for Town use, a place to store the water and a way to get the water back into the river as needed,” Baird said.
To put the 75 acre-feet of water requirement into context Baird said there are 2,200 acre feet of water dedicated to the proposed development property. The requirement of 75 acre feet of water to the town is intended to help offset low water levels in the Fraser River in the fall, Baird said. The requirements placed upon the Shorefox development by the Board are there regardless of the size of the development.
Along with water requirements the Granby Board also included a stipulation that around 80 acres of the development property be set aside for commercial space and that water for the future commercial space be provided using wells from the property, as opposed to municipal sources. The developers would also be required to provide sewer service for the commercial space.
To meet that need the developers would need to install a sewer line that ties into the existing town infrastructure. Because the position of the Shorefox property and where existing town sewer lines rest any future sewer line to Shorefox would need to go underneath US 40 or US 34, depending upon what route a developer might choose.
“We told them these are our basic requirements,” Baird said. “If you can’t meet those then we don’t need to talk anymore.”
Baird said the issue is scheduled to be back on the Granby Board of Trustees agenda in January but he has seen no additional movement on the subject from Conscience Bay since the December Board meeting.
Formerly a part of the Horn Ranch, developers purchased Shorefox in 2003 for $5.2 million with the intention of creating the Orvis Shorefox development. The property was foreclosed on in 2009 at $20 million, as listed with the public trustee.
The 1,553-acre property was originally designed to accommodate 1,200 residential units along with significant commercial space adjacent to the highway. An 18-hole golf course, that was partially developed but never completed, a hotel and a gated community were also part of the original development plans.
The Conscience Bay Company was contacted with requests for comment on this story but had not responded as of press time.
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