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The Buena Vista Board of Trustees (BOT) will convene their bi-weekly meeting this Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in the Pinion Room of the BV Community Center. On the agenda are paving deadline extensions for The Farm and a public hearing regarding the proposed Colorado Center Planned Unit Development (PUD).

The approval of the consent agenda will include a few items of business to discuss before the meeting moves on to its primary items of the order.

The Farm is a development of Fading West. (Photo Courtesy of Fading West)

The BOT will first review for approval Resolution No. 22, Series 2022 which will appoint Dorothy Distel as a regular voting member and Diana Weir as an alternate voting member of the BV Beautification Advisory Board.

The BOT will then discuss a request by Planning Director Joseph Teipel to extend the paving deadline for The Farm to finish Phase 2 of their public improvements to a later date of September 30, 2023. The Farm was unable to complete its planned paving before the asphalt batch plant closed for the season in the fall of 2022.

Through negotiations between The Farm developer Fading West and the Town’s Public Works Department, a plan has been made to complete the paving and public improvements by the end of September 2023.

The BOT will then vote on Resolution No. 23, Series 2023 approving the “first amendment to the public improvement agreement with Wayfarer Development, LLC for property known as The Farm subdivision Filing No.1, Amendment No. 3” according to the BOT meeting packet.

As usual, the meeting will then be opened to the floor for public comment. For those would like to speak during this time, sign-ups are available at the beginning of the meeting at the welcome desk in the Pinion Room.

Public Hearing on Colorado Center PUD

The Board will then hold a public hearing regarding the rezoning of the Colorado Center PUD (planned unit development) to Light Industrial l-1. PUDs are communities of homes, which can include single-family homes, condos, commercial property like retail stores or all of these property types.

Staff Planning and Zoning Commission are recommending the adoption of Ordinance No. 7, Series 2023 regarding “rezoning certain property known as the Colorado Center PUD to Light Industrial and amending the Town’s official zoning map”, according to the BOT packet.

The Board will also discuss the adoption of Resolution No. 24, Series 2023, approving the “termination of the Colorado Center development agreement”, per the BOT packet.

The coordinated zoning request is supported by eight out of the nine surrounding property owners. One property owner, W&R Mountain LLC, has not joined the rezoning effort. According to the rezoning request submitted by Teipel:

“The existence of the PUD and its DA [Development Agreement] create many layers of rules, procedures, restrictions and additional requirements that complicate development both for applicants and for Town staff. By Rezoning to I-1 and terminating the DA, property owners and developers will have a more straightforward rulebook to follow in our Municipal Code. Likewise, staff time in guiding applicants and reviewing applications will be greatly reduced.”

Once the public hearing is finished, the BOT will move on to the regularly scheduled business items for the meeting.

The first item on the docket will be the proposed adoption of Resolution No. 25, Series 2023 regarding the approval of the “application of a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Energy Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF) Tier 1 Grant for the new comprehensive plan”, according to the official meeting packet.

Teipel and staff are requesting a $125,000 DOLA grant to help pay for Phases II-IV of the Comprehensive Planning process. Teipel lays out that “The Board, as a part of the 2023 budget, authorized up to $75,000 from the General Fund for this project. This budgeted amount will be used as a match for this grant request, and, if funded, would bring total project funding to $200,000. This would largely be used to hire consultants to assist staff in community engagement, plan drafting, and Municipal Code auditing services,” according to the BOT meeting packet.

Teipel will then discuss development phase 1 of Carbonate Street and amendments to the Property Conveyance Agreement.

The BOT will discuss the adoption of Ordinance No. 8, Series 2023 regarding the approval of the “first amendment to the Property Conveyance Agreement between the town and Fading West Development,” as found in the BOT packet.

There are two properties in question, one belonging to the town and the other to Fading West. The most important change is the agreement to develop these properties into affordable housing units.

The final item of business will be a discussion regarding changing the start time of all BOT meetings; moving from 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The BOT meeting packet can be found here.