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The Salida City Council work session will meet in a joint session with the Planning Commission at 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 17. On the agenda are two conceptual reviews, an update from the Chaffee Housing Authority on their Open Doors Program as well as a recap of the recently completed Clean Commuting Challenge. The meeting packet is here.

3rd Street and Grand Avenue Major Subdivision Conceptual Review

Site plan of proposed project and West Third Street and Grand in Salida. Image courtesy City of Salida

City of Salida Planner Kathryn Dunleavy will present a Major Subdivision request for three existing lots stretching from West Third Street to Mesa Lane, totaling 4.78 acres. The proposed uses are a mix of single-family detached units, duplex dwelling units, and multi-family units. There is a potential of 38 rental and for sale units with seven deeded as inclusionary housing (IH).

This is a preliminary review of a close-in location (the applicant is not named in the packet). “The road layout in the Conceptual Plan does not meet the City of Salida design criteria for streets,” the city packet notes.

“The road will need to be re-designed to meet the street design criteria. Additional details, including fire access, pedestrian connections, civil plans review, and land use code compliance, will be reviewed once a complete application is received.”

Gartzman Planned Development Conceptual Review

Proposed Planned Development at 6907 CR 105 in Salida. Image courtesy City of Salida

Applicant Rob Gartzman has submitted two conceptual site plans for a Planned Development Overlay for the two-acre property located at 6907 CR 105. Currently, there is one single-family residence on this property which will be removed in the future.

The applicant will be applying for annexation to the city, and requesting a zoning designation of the High Density (R-3) zone district along with the major impact review application for the proposed Planned Development. Deviations are sought from the city’s current standards, focusing on density, lot coverage, building height, and inclusion of some single-family homes within the R-3 zoning.

Option B (the applicant’s’ preferred option) shows a 60-unit multi-family building, three duplexes, four single-family units totaling 70 units. The site plan also shows a clubhouse.

Chaffee Housing Authority CHA to Give “Open Doors” Update

Open Doors Image courtesy Alesia Kazantceva and

Becky Gray, CHA Director, will provide Council with an update on the successes and challenges of the program thus far, as well as recommendations going forward. The program includes efforts to convert short-term or vacation rental homes to longer-term rentals and the rollout of the ten, city-owned RV’s available for temporary workforce housing rental at the Salida RV Resort.

Clean Commuting Challenge Hosted by TerraQuest

Salida Clean Commute Challenge. Log courtesy City of Salida and TerraQuest

Salida was the first in the country to challenge and pay people to decarbonize their commutes and increase their mobility.

The Clean Commuting Challenge avoided 22,050 lbs of local carbon emissions, equivalent to ten metric tons. It raised awareness that driving a car generates one pound of carbon emissions per mile and showed how people can take climate action in their everyday lives.

224 people participated in the program, and received 50 cents for each clean commute mile they logged using the mobile app. Organizers will recap the results of the post-challenge survey as a guide to the next steps.

Work Session meetings are open to the public and participants may choose to attend in person at 448 East First Street, Room 190 or participate virtually via GoToMeeting. To attend the Work Session live, please register at the following link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Work Sessions and Council meetings are recorded and may also be watched in real-time on the City of Salida YouTube Channel.

Featured image: Salida City Council and Planning Commission in Joint Work Session Dec 2, 2019 (Archive photo by Taylor Sumners)