BRIGHTON — Plans for a 400-home subdivision to be built in Brighton have been approved. In an 8-0 vote, Brighton City Council unanimously approved the final plat and development agreement for Mountain View Estates during its Sept. 17 meeting.
The subdivision, which is to be built between Baseline Road and Bridge Street west of Telluride Street, is divided into two filings by 164th Avenue.
Planning Manager Jason Bradford said the first filing — located south of 164th Avenue — will have 213 residential lots. Of those lots, 110 of them will be single-family homes and 103 will be a blend of single-family homes and townhomes. He said a 3.95-acre neighborhood park and 19.42 acres of open space are also planned as part of the first filing.
Bradford said 197 single-family homes are planned for the second filing north of 164th Avenue. He said 9.09 acres would be dedicated to a community park, 9.97 acres would be dedicated to open space and 10 acres would be the site of a future school.
Planner and architect Ken Puncerelli, CEO of LAI Design Group, said he is excited to get the project started.
“It’s been a long time coming, it will be a great addition to the city and I think it will come along at the right time in the economic cycle,” he said.
Puncerelli said it has taken 14 years to get to this point in the project. He said hey will be looking at putting the infrastructure in within the next six to 12 months and anticipates the first building permit would be taken out sometime thereafter.
As part of the development agreement, the developer will be responsible for installing the utilities, drainage facilities and expanding the existing city trails along the Brighton Lateral Ditch. The developer will also complete the expansion of Telluride Street north and will share half of the costs of building a signalized intersection at Telluride Street and Baseline Road with the city.
“I’m really happy to see this project,” Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Scott said.
He and Councilwoman Cynthia Martinez expressed that they were glad to see the developers investing in the school district. Per the development agreement, the developer entered into a participation agreement with the School District 27J, “to fund a portion of the costs of providing additional capital facilities to service new growth.” When a building permit is taken out, a fee will be paid directly to the district’s Capital Facility Fee Foundation.
“By you guys contributing, it really helps out our school district, we couldn’t rely on the school district alone. You guys do a great job of helping us support that,” Martinez said. “This is a huge development there and I wish you guys the best of luck and I hope that it succeeds to its potential.”
Mayor Dick McLean said he, too, is excited about the project.
“I think it’s going to be a great development,” he said. “I know it’s not going to happen over night but I like the plan and if plans come together, it’s going to be a really nice piece of property.”
The final plat and development agreement was approved with a 10-year vesting period.
Councilwoman Wilma Rose was absent due to illness and unable to cast a vote.
In other business:
• In a unanimous vote, council authorized Mayor Dick McLean to sign off on amendments to the common interest agreement that would allow the City of Federal Heights to participate in negotiations between Adams County, its cities and Denver pertaining to the future development of the Denver International Airport.
Attorney Margaret Brubaker said the city has participated in the last two Airport Coordinating Committee meetings and that the committee made the decision Sept. 17 to allow the City of Federal Heights to participate in the discussions.
• Mid-year budget amendments were unanimously approved by council. Budgets affected by the amendments include the general fund, lodging tax fund, capital improvement fund, parks and recreation capital improvement fund, the water, wastewater and storm drainage funds, as well as the Urban Renewal Authority fund.
• Council unanimously approved a continuance for the the second and final reading of an ordinance to annex the TransWest Brighton Facilities Complex into the city with a date certain to Oct. 15.
• A final reading to rezone the South Main Street from a light industrial designation to a designation of downtown was unanimously approved by council.
• In separate motions, council allowed the splash pad in Benedict Park to be named the “Emi Chikuma Plaza” and the overpass across Highway 85 at Southern Street to be named the “Arreda Hamilton Overpass.”
• With council’s unanimous approval, Parks and Recreation Director Gary Wardle will be submitting a $75,000 grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado for the Northeast Greenway Recovery Master Plan project.
• Council unanimously proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. The resolution encourages Brighton residents to participate in citizen preparedness activities.