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Area proposed to be repurposed in application. Courtesy photo.

The Salida Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. on June 22 to review an application to rezone a city-owned lot near the intersection of E. Crestone Ave. and West Third Street from Single-Family Residential to Medium-Density Residential as well as an application for right-of-way vacation of a portion of E. Crestone Avenue Between West Third and M Streets.

The Planning Commission will make a formal recommendation to Salida City Council regarding the project. It is the City Council who will be the decision makers for both applications.

There is a documented need for affordable housing both in the city and county-wide. The City of Salida and the Chaffee Housing Trust (CHT) have been in discussion about potentially developing the site with a mix of for-sale and rental units, up to six total units including one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).

The purpose of the application is to consolidate existing city-owned properties on either side of the E. Crestone Avenue area that could be developed. The current plan envisions four buildings including one duplex furthest to the southeast and three single-family units. Parking would be accessible from the rear of the development.

Under the conceptual plan, CHT would be responsible for all expenses related to the on-site development of the parcel plus relocation of the sewer lines. Two conceptual options have also been provided for the new street configurations near the intersection:

Street Configuration Option 1. Courtesy photo.

Street Configuration Option 2. Courtesy Photo.

As previously reported by Ark Valley Voice, the last public discussion on March 4, 2020 was an intense one. Some citizens even went as far as to facilitate a petition against the development prior to the previous meeting. On June 22, there will be a public hearing that will allow citizens a chance to speak their opinions on the project.

Additional approvals are required in order to construct a small-scale affordable housing development. Public comment will be accepted in three ways: