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The Salida City Council will meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tue. Nov. 15 in City Councill Chambers, 448 East First Street, Suite 190. The full packet is here.

Upon approval of the consent agenda, public comment will follow.

Proclamations for Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month are on tap and will lead into two items of unfinished business:

  • Ordinance 2022-19 is a final reading and public hearing amending Chapter 16, Article IV of the municipal code regarding zoning variances. As recommended by the Planning Commission, the amendment aims to “ensure more substantive clarity to property owners as well as enhanced procedural certainty and direction to the Board of Adjustment”.
  • Ordinance 2022-20 proposes rezoning certain lots within the River Ridge and Dutch Run subdivisions from a mix of uses to High-Density Residential (R-3). Again, this is a final reading and public hearing, where the current lot owners have previously supported the change of designation.

Planned Development at 505 Oak Street is Major New Business Topic

The proposed 505 Oak Street planned development is a 2.09-acre parcel located directly north of the proposed new Salida Fire Station.

The applicant, Dreamers and Doers LLC, whose listed address is in Alamosa, Colo. is represented by Kent Townsend and John Diesslin. The property is zoned Commercial (C-1) and Highway 291 Established Commercial Overlay. The applicant is requesting up to 44 units of density including inclusionary housing, which is a 19 percent greater density than would otherwise be permitted without inclusionary housing.

With the proposal, the applicant plans to have a variety of housing types providing rental housing for occupants meeting the 80-100 percent Area Median Income (AMI), plus two for-sale units to occupants meeting the average of 140 percent AMI.

Tailwinds Apartments in Poncha Springs, Colo. Courtesy image

The applicant is not seeking a maximum height variance and has offered to provide Scott Street trail access on the southeast corner of the property in addition to paying open space fees-in-lieu.

Regarding architectural design, the applicant indicates that the Oak Street project might resemble the existing Tailwinds Apartments and Tailwinds duplexes in Poncha Springs.

According to the packet information, the applicants have stated that the intent is to deed restrict six of the apartment rental units and two for-sale units to meet the inclusionary housing requirement of 16.7 percent, which satisfies the requirement.

The current request is for approval of 10 duplex lots with 10 for-sale units and eight lots for the 34 apartment rental units. A private road and homeowner association-provided water and sewer would connect to existing city utilities.

Duplexes in the Tailwinds Subdivision in Poncha Springs, Colo. Courtesy image

Public Works requests that fees-in-lieu be paid instead of the developer providing curb and sidewalks. This would allow the city to coordinate with the planned U.S. 291/Oak Street Streetscape project, currently in design with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The Salida Planning Commission reviewed the Major Impact Review and Major Subdivision applications and held a public hearing on October 11, 2022. The Commission recommended Council approve the proposed 505 Oak Street Planned Development and Major Subdivision with staff’s recommended conditions, amending Conditions 2. (a) & (b) and added condition numbers 7, 8 and 9.

Ordinance 2022-22 and Ordinance 2022-23 Consider Stringer Annexation and Zoning

Current zoning on Holman Avenue near Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center and Hwy 50. Image courtesy City of Salida

Applicants Paul and Rebecca Stringer whose .17 acre property is located at 1730 Holman Avenue had their annexation request reviewed by the Planning Commission on Nov. 8, 2022. This is a first reading of the application and, if approved, sets a public hearing for Dec. 6, 2022,

The second ordinance regards zoning for the project. Within the city limits, properties bordering the Stringer parcel are a mix of Commercial (C-1) and Medium-Density Residential (R-2). At the same Nov. 8 hearing the Planning Commission recommended a zoning of Commercial (C-1) and if approved here, the zoning ordinance moves to final reading and public hearing, also on Dec. 6.

Council, Treasurer and Staff Reports

Concluding the meeting, council members and the mayor will offer their reports. The Treasurer’s report will include sales tax collections for the month of September as well as a budget tracking update.

Department and County Commissioner reports are included in pages 167-184 of the meeting packet for those interested in their detailed activities.

To register to listen and participate in the Regular City Council Meeting click on Go To Meeting. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To simply watch the meeting with enhanced audio and video, “LIVE”, click on the City’s broadcast channel.

As a reminder, City Council Regular Meetings are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. Council Meetings are open to the public and participants may choose to attend in person or virtually.

Featured image: Location of proposed 505 Oak Street planned development in Salida. New Salida Fire station property is immediately below the blue highlighted 505 Oak St. parcel. Image courtesy Chaffee County Assessor