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City Council approves annexation of five properties in Vestas corridor

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Five Weld County properties are on their way to being annexed by Brighton. The first reading of the annexations and zoning changes for the properties, which are located on Weld County Road 27 near the Vestas plant, were unanimously approved by city council in 15 separate motions during its Dec. 4 meeting.
    Community Development Director Marv Falconburg said the project has been unique for the city.
    “This is a proactively involved city project where once Vestas…was in and the utilities were run in, it opened up quite an opportunity for other property owners in the area,” he said. “So the planning staff went out and proactively was seeking additional annexations.”
    Included in the first reading of the annexations were two properties owned by Ken and Margaret Shannon — the first, a 5.35-acre parcel, and the second, a 6.21-acre parcel — now being used for storage.
    The Shannons’ attorney, Matt Dillman, said they have been good neighbors of the city for a long time and are looking forward to the properties being annexed into the city.
    “Right now the use of the property is very limited to some outdoor storage. There is no water or sewer service at the property – one of the reasons why the Shannon’s are fairly excited to be annexed to the city,” Dillman said. “The planned uses in the future, there’s nothing determined, and the intent is to bring in tenants that would be consistent with the I1 zoned district.”
    The Arnheim property, a 6.21-acre parcel of land that is being used for offices and as a construction yard, and two homes — the Stutz and Tadehara properties — also were approved for annexation and zoning changes. Zoning for all three properties will also change from the Weld County designation of agricultural to Brighton’s designation of light industrial.
    In other business:
    — A camera replacement for the city to inspect its sewer was approved unanimously by council and a bid was accepted for the camera’s purchase and installation from Neverest Equipment Co. in Wheat Ridge. The purchase and installation is projected to cost $57,518. City council reapportioned the budget by $32,600 to help fund the purchase.
    — Council approved an annexation agreement with the former Kuner Canning Co. at 221 N. Kuner Road, in a unanimous vote. Council subsequently approved the rezoning of the property, changing it to a planned unit development, or PUD, with an underlying designation of light industrial from its previous zoning of light industrial. The property is going to be renovated into office space and is slated to be completed in spring 2013.
    — Chief Building Official Dan Swallow explained an ordinance the city will be considering during its public hearing at council’s Jan. 15 meeting. The ordinance would allow the city to ensure its building codes are up to date.
    — Council will temporarily suspend setting a pacing number for 2013. The city looks at pacing annually to determine whether they would like to limit the number of residential building permits allowed to be given within the city. Falconburg said because of the economy the city hasn’t felt the need to set pacing.
    — Council voted unanimously to approve the five-year capital improvement plan.
    — Six individuals were unanimously appointed to the city’s board of appeals including Larry Carroll, Dave Anderson, Monty Stephen, Kris Krengel, Scott Eisenbarth and Chad Cox.
    — A number of items were approved in the consent agenda, including a grant agreement with Adams County for phase 1 renovations to Benedict Park, approving an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Tri-County Health Department for the household hazardous waste program. The city’s contribution won't exceed $12,000.