Winter Park OKs plat-deadline ordinance on first reading |

Winter Park OKs plat-deadline ordinance on first reading

Will Bublitzwbublitz@randcountynews.comGrand County, Colorado

A revised version of a final plat ordinance was approved on its first reading at Tuesdays meeting of the Winter Park, Colorado, Town Council.The purpose of the ordinance is to force developers to record their final plats and make significant progress on their properties within a set period of time or have their final plats nullified.Presented first at the Town Councils last meeting on Oct. 7, Ordinance No. 412 was proposed by Drew Nelson, the towns planning director and interim town manager. Since that meeting, the towns Planning Commission has reviewed it and suggested certain revisions.Under the new ordinance, a developer is required to record his final plat within 180 days after receiving approval by the town. Failing to do so, the final plat will be nullified unless the developer can show good cause for not recording it. If a good reason can be presented, the ordinance allows the town to extend the deadline of the final plats recordation for an additional 180 days to allow a developer more time.Along with setting a time limit on recording a final plat, the ordinance is also setting one for starting work on a development. In the ordinances original version presented two weeks ago, the ordinance would have allowed a developer a total of five years to begin significant land improvement activities or face nullification of the final plat.However, under the revised version that was approved Tuesday, a developer will now be given only two years to have commenced significant improvements to a property such as the installation of water and sewer infrastructure. The ordinance requires the completion of at least 25 percent of the improvements identified in an approved subdivision improvements agreement and the provision of adequate financial surety to guarantee the subdivision improvements agreement.If a developer can once again show good cause for failing to begin significant work on the project two years after its recording, Nelson explained the town has the option of extending the final plat for an additional year. After that initial extension, the developer can request further time extensions, but must appear before the Town Council annually to show good cause. Developers failing to receive time extensions for either the recording of their final plat or starting significant work on their properties will have their final plats nullified. This means they will be forced to start again with the entire platting process from the beginning.In other business at Tuesdays meeting, the town council approved a contract with Carroll & Lange, Inc. to provide surveying services for the expansion project planned for the town shop. Nelson said Carroll & Lange, Inc. came in with the lowest bid. Scott Ledin, Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District director, reported that demolition of the old clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Course has started. He said the goal is to clear the site as quickly as possible so that the new clubhouse building can go vertical this fall. Ledin also said that work on the construction of the recreation center is being speeded up. A second construction crew is now on site and the masonry for the gymnasium wall already going up. He said the contractors hope to get the building closed in before winter hits. At the end of the meeting, the Town Council took a tour of the construction work being done at Hideaway Park, accompanied by Nick Teverbaugh, the towns owners representative. That projects purpose is to create a public facility that can be used for large outdoor concerts and other special events as well as a sledding area in the wintertime.

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