Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, March 2, to approve a number of resolutions, ordinances, and plats for new developments. Councilors also approved funding for the city’s new Public Safety Complex.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City Councilors Roy Anderson, Dave Bowman, Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, and Doug Glaspell met online along with city staff via the Zoom platform. The public was also invited to attend. The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
Montrose Mayor Barbara Bynum read a proclamation recognizing Volunteers of American (VOA) and their contributions to the Montrose community.
"In Western Colorado, annually VOA serves approximately 1,200 long-term care and short-term rehabilitation clients, including; 50 units of housing in independent and assisted living, 160 home health patients, 147 home-bound and 220 congregate meals clients, and 350 PACE program participants," Bynum said.
Bynum said VOA provides 171 units of affordable housing for the elderly and those with disabilities in the region while partnering with the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Aging and Disabilities Resources for Colorado (ADRC), which provided counseling to 2,069 clients during the last fiscal year.
"Whereas Volunteers of America nationally will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the organization’s founding on March 8, 2021, now, therefore, I, Mayor Barbara Bynum, and the City Council of the City of Montrose do hereby proclaim March 8, 2021, to be Volunteers of America Day in the City of Montrose," Bynum said.
No members of the public offered comments.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of February 16, 2021, regular meeting. The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
WATCH Tuesday’s meeting here.
NEW HOTEL AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a liquor license with optional premises at 1350 Birch Street (Black Canyon Golf Course) doing business as The Rusty Putter for consumption on the licensed premises.
Councilors held a public hearing regarding the license. Customers would be able to consume beverages on the premises and within the golf course property itself.
The Black Canyon Golf Course is a city-owned golf facility. More information about the course can be found here.
ORDINANCE 2527 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2527 on first reading granting and authorizing an exchange of real property within the City of Montrose for the purpose of realigning the Woodgate Road right of way between Arland Drive and East Oak Grove Road.
The Woodgate Road Realignment Project is one of the city’s largest capital projects of 2021.
City Engineer Scott Murphy said as far back as the 2008 Comprehensive Plan the community has envisioned connecting Woodgate Road at its northern end to East Oak Grove Road. This connection aims to relieve heavy traffic congestion in the area and give an alternative to Townsend Avenue, especially for local residents.
Murphy said the city has been working with two landowners to secure the rights of way and easements necessary to construct the realignment project. These include RDMJK Woodgate Investments (RDMJK), the owner of nine parcels within or directly adjacent to the realignment, as well as a homeowner on Storm King Avenue where the roadway crosses the corner of an existing residential parcel. Both property owners were cooperative throughout the city’s land purchase efforts without any need to consider the use of the eminent domain.
The city and RDMJK have agreed to terms that provide an equitable exchange of property.
The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the March 16 regular meeting.
For more information, including frequently asked questions about the project, click the link. (www.cityofmontrose.org/746/Woodgate-Realignment)
ORDINANCE 2528 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2528, on first reading, to rezone property within the Woodgate Realignment Project area to "B-3 General Commercial District" and "B-2 highway Commercial District."
COLORADO OUTDOORS AMENDED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT NO. 2 - PRELIMINARY PD PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve an amended plat as part of the Colorado Outdoors development.
The property is approximately 98.847 acres in size and is located west of Grand Avenue, east of the Uncompahgre River, and near North 9th St. The Colorado Outdoors project developed over 165 acres of land in the northwestern section of the City of Montrose. A Planned Development Plan (PD) was created and approved by the city in November 2017. This PD was amended in October 2018. All Phase I public infrastructure was completed in December 2018 and the Filing #1 Final Plat was recorded that same month.
The purpose of the Colorado Outdoors Amended Planned Development No. 2 is to remove the Colorado Outdoors South Boundary Line Adjustment Lots 2 and 3 properties (southern portion) from the ‘master’ Planned Development so that a separate multi-family focused PD can be created for those properties. A separate planned development application will be required for that project. The minimum 20 percent open space requirement has been met for the Colorado Outdoors Amendment Planned Development No. 2.
COLORADO OUTDOORS AMENDED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT NO.2 - FINAL PD PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve an amended plat as part of the Colorado Outdoors Amended Planned Development No. 2 - final planned development plat.
BASECAMP PRELIMINARY PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Basecamp Planned Development and Preliminary Plat. Councilors were presented with three separate actions as part of this project: a preliminary planned development plat, a final planned development plat, and a preliminary plat for the subdivision.
Basecamp Subdivision is a multi-family proposed development at the southern end of the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority (MURA) project. The property is approximately 3.6 acres in size and is bordered on the east by North Grand Avenue, on the west by the Uncompahgre River, and on the south by the future extension of North 6th Street. The property is zoned “I-1” Light Industrial District and is part of the MURA project initiated in 2017.
The Basecamp Planned Development (PD) is being created to replace the Colorado Outdoors Planned Development that these properties were originally a part of. The properties on this PD will remain a part of the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority. It meets the minimum 20 percent open space requirement for planned developments.
BASECAMP FINAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Basecamp Final Planned Development.
BASECAMP PRELIMINARY PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Basecamp Preliminary Plat expressly conditioned upon city staff ensuring that all policies, regulations, ordinance, and Municipal Code provisions are met and that the applicant adequately addresses all of the staff's concerns prior to the execution of the final plat.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve setting April 6, 2021, as the hearing date for the annexation of the Valley Ranch Addition North.
The Valley Ranch Addition North is a proposed annexation of approximately 60.81 acres in size. The parcel is located north of Otter Road, south of Ogden Road, west of 6700 Road, and east of 6630 Court. It is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, the City of Montrose Water Service Area, and the City of Montrose Sewer Service Area. The annexation of this property will allow for future residential development. An annexation agreement will be required.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve setting April 6, 2021, as the hearing date for the annexation of the Valley Ranch Addition South.
The Valley Ranch Addition South is a proposed annexation of approximately 70.16 acres in size. The parcel is located north of Otter Road, south of Ogden Road, west of 6700 Road, and east of 6630 Court. It is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, the City of Montrose Water Service Area, and the City of Montrose Sewer Service Area. The annexation of this property will allow for future residential development. An annexation agreement will be required.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve setting April 6, 2021, as the hearing date for the annexation of the Highway 50 Addition.
The Highway 50 Addition is a proposed annexation of approximately 15.04 acres in size. The parcel is located along Highway 50, west of 6700 Road, and east of 6600 Road. It is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, the City of Montrose Water Service Area, and the City of Montrose Sewer Service Area. The annexation of this property will clean up an ‘orphaned’ parcel of land bordered by existing city parcels on three sides.
MONTROSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION AUTHORIZATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the authorization of $16,212,884 to be used for the construction of the Montrose Public Safety Complex (MPSC). The MPSC will house the new offices of the Montrose Police Department.
This project is funded by the Public Safety Fund, which is comprised of funding from the Certificates of Participation that were borrowed for the construction of this project, City of Montrose Public Safety Sales Tax, and General Fund contribution.
The Police Department has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 5.
ORDINANCE 2529 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2529 on first reading vacating a right of way deemed surplus on South First Street for the construction of the new Public Safety Complex.
The subject property is located near Centennial Plaza on the south side of South First St. Through the design process of the new Police Department, it has been determined that the subject property is better suited to be included as part of the MPSC project. The auxiliary building of the MPSC, which includes operational support services and training for the Police Department, would encroach on this piece of South First St.
CONTRACT AMENDMENT AUTHORIZATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve an amendment to a contract with Huddleston-Berry Engineering and Testing to add construction material testing for the Montrose Public Safety Complex for the not-to-exceed amount of $205,950.
EQUIPMENT PURCHASE RECOMMENDATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of one Vogele asphalt paving machine from Honnen Equipment of Grand Junction for the total purchase price of $169,924.
YOUTH CITY COUNCIL
Youth City Councilor Harrison Hall said the city’s Youth Council completed their February project of drug prevention education targeted for area youth and school students. The project was completed using videos published on the Youth City Council Instagram account.
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