Winter Park wants to be able to collect fees if Arrow property park plans fall through |

Winter Park wants to be able to collect fees if Arrow property park plans fall through

The Arrow property was the main topic of discussion at Tuesday’s town council meeting in Winter Park.

The property, owned by Rendezvous and known as “Rendezvous at Winter Park,” is located east of town and was annexed into Winter Park in 2006. It is 688 acres, and the preliminary development plan allows for 1,867 residential units, 300 accommodation units and 90,0000 square feet of commercial space.

Town Council approved a preliminary development plan, based on six conditions, and discussed concerns about the site such as the steep slopes located in that area (more than 30 percent grade), possible slides, wetlands, and water taps. Town Planner Drew Nelson also spoke about areas of visual sensitivity, given the property’s prominent location.

Other items discussed were the proposed 15-acre park that will be dedicated for the town’s use in lieu of fees. Turns out the site for the park may not be suitable for that purpose.

“We understand the importance of the park for the town,” said Keith Neale, vice president for development company of Koelbel and Company.

Town Council member Rusty Thompson pointed out that if the park isn’t possible, the town needs something to fall back on.

“The open space is being dedicated in lieu of fees. We need language saying if (the developer) can’t do it because of the potential hazards, we’d like to consider the fee,” Thompson said. “I hope it’ll work out, but I don’t want to be caught in the end saying it’s not going to work, and we have nothing to fall back on.”

The developer and Nelson agreed to discuss possible language about the issue.

Another potential park, commonly referred to as Ranch Creek Park, is currently used by Denver Water for its aqueduct operations. Denver Water sent a letter stating its concerns and proposed to purchase the property from the developer at some point in the future. Neale told the Town Council he plans to continue discussions with Denver Water about the matter.

December busiest for car accidents

“December set a record for us in the number of accidents we investigated,” said Chief of Police Glen Trainor of the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.

December was a snowy month, and officers investigated 48 accidents overall.

As for statistics, Fraser had 71 calls that month and 34 citations. Winter Park had 129 calls and 30 citations. Those numbers are down from last year at that time; in December 2006, Fraser received 176 calls and 50 citations, and Winter Park received 274 calls and 45 citations.

Mike Periolat appointed to Design Review Committee

After the resignation of Joel Brownson from Winter Park’s Design Review Committee, Town Council Member Mike Periolat was appointed yesterday by Town Council to take Brownson’s place. He was the only interested party who contacted the town about the position.

The other two members, Mayor Nick Teverbaugh and Jonathan Larson, recommended Periolat to the Council; the appointment is a two-year term.

Update by Chamber

Catherine Ross of the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce gave Council members an update about Lifestylez College Week.

Ross estimated Winter Park hosted more than 2,500 college students since December. About 1,200 kids came with Lifestylez for a week, and two smaller groups were in town before that.

“That’s a good chunk of incremental business,” Ross said.

Lodging owners reported they didn’t see a lot of damage during College Week, she said, and overall the community had roughly $700 worth of damage ” not a substantial amount, she said.

2007 a good year for building

Harold Howland of the building department reported that Winter Park had the second best year ever in terms of building activity. Fraser is “looking good” and was up a bit from last year, “and we’ll see more from them in ’08,” Howland said.

The department is busy conducting building inspections, he added, but submittals for development have slowed down for the time being.

Fraser River Trail to be groomed

Town Planner Drew Nelson said he’s been having conversations with a group that is willing to groom trails through town, such as the Fraser River Trail. Nelson said the trail will likely be groomed soon for non-motorized activity.

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