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Council OKs new plans for Village at Southgate

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Plans for the Village at Southgate continue to move forward after Brighton City council unanimously approved a planned unit of development for the subdivision during its March 18 meeting

Council previously heard developers address the concerns of Fuller Estate’s residents during a neighborhood meeting about the 80-acre property located on 120th Avenue between Peoria Street and Patomac Street, which is slated to become a mixed use subdivision. 

Associate Planner Hazel Leem said the developers addressed resident concerns at its Feb. 20 neighborhood meeting, which included traffic circulation, lot sizes and adjoining properties, drainage and open space dedication. 

Lorax Construction representative Fred Cooke told council about the success of the meeting. 

“I really have appreciated council’s recommendation for a neighborhood meeting because it gives us a great forum to meet with the neighbors and address all their concerns and the issues that they felt we needed to address in our project,” he said. “We really did go back to the drawing board and reevaluate our entire project.”

Cooke said they really tried to reduce the impacts they would have on the neighbors. He said one of the concerns was that the subdivision planned to have backyards backing up to the backyards at Fuller Estates. He said they have changed that part of the plan and that the only thing that will be facing Fuller Estates is the front yards. A minimum of a 95 foot buffer was added along the western border of the property and the developers also changed the lighting. 

In addressing the issue of density, Cooke said they’ve reduced the number of lots by 30 percent or roughly from five residences per acre to three residences per acre. They are also committed to having a traffic signal installed during the first days of the project for safety. 

Leem said an additional concern was raised from residents who wanted solid perimeter fencing installed but that the developers proposed open-style fencing. She said city staff support the use of open-style fencing as part of the development.

Members of city council were pleased with the cooperation between the developers and the residents and Mayor Dick McLean asked Cooke what the secret was to that success.

“It was a real simple process,” Cooke said. “We listened to them and tried to respond.”

 

In other business:

— Council decided to extend the vesting property rights on the Brighton Lakes PUD for another two years. Development Director Holly Prather said the economic downturn had impacted the development of the subdivision and although the applicant asked for another 10 years in the vesting period, two years was decided as a compromise because the city will be updating its comprehensive land use plan.

— Council voted unanimously to appoint Interim Utilities Director Clint Blackhurst as the city’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District to fill an unexpired term to June 30, 2015.

— Five new works of art were dedicated to the city from the Eye for Art Committee. Dedicated artwork includes a “Tribute to Rockwell” by Judith Dickinson, “Bromley Homestead” by Judith Dickinson, “Next Stop the Rockies” by Dean Glorso, “Bicycle Basket” by Dedra Shannon as well as “Nonies Blooms” and “Evening Solitude” which were donated in memory of artist Pamela Shewmaker. All of the artwork has a historical flare to it.

— The Brighton Japanese American Association presented council with a copy of “Our American Journey” by Daniel Blegen. 

— In a unanimous vote, council proclaimed March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.