Winter Park identifies property for potential annexation
The town of Winter Park has identified eight parcels of land eligible to be annexed into the town boundaries in its new Three Mile Plan, which analyzes potential expansion within a three mile radius.
While most of the land within Winter Park’s three mile boundary is either within the town of Fraser or is U.S. Forest Service land, over 550 acres are eligible to be annexed. However, the parcels identified in the plan are not guaranteed to be annexed into town.
Instead the plan analyzes the description, land use, community services, transportation, utility services and open space for each parcel to determine whether annexation would meet the town’s goals as laid out in the Imagine Winter Park town plan.
“One of the primary reasons to bring this forward is to really outline what the town could consider so that if we do start getting (proposals) from developers then we have an idea,” Community Development Director James Shockey said.
The properties identified for annexation that are surrounded by the town include the Valley Hi Motel parcel, the Beaver Village Condominiums parcel, two parcels near the Beaver Village Condominiums collectively known as the Pyne properties and a one acre parcel on Ski Idlewild Road near Confluence Park called the snowshoe parcel.
On the edges of Winter Park, four parcels were identified including two Denver Water parcels on either side of town, a Mountain Parks Electric parcel on Vasquez Road and a Forest Service parcel located in between the upcoming Roam development and the Lakota neighborhood.
As of right now, none of the parcels are in the process of annexation, but Shockey told the Winter Park Town Council that conversations with the landowners are ongoing.
“We have had conversations with representatives of Beaver Village, so they understand that we have completely surrounded them and they could be forced annexed,” he said. “They’ve shown interest in doing a willing annexation because they see some of the benefits as well.”
These parcels were identified for annexation for their potential to broaden the variety of housing types and home ownership, areas that have enough buildable land to accommodate town goals and promote infill development in town.
Other criteria included areas that can be easily served by utilities, that help strengthen the economy and share a community of interest with the town.
Winter Park’s Town Council approved the Three Mile Plan at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.
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