Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, November 16, to consider a number of ordinances, resolutions, and annexations. Councilors also approved two grant applications and decided how to spend funds from the American Rescue Plan.
Councilors Barbara Bynum, Dave Frank, Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Anthony Russo met in City Council Chambers along with city staff. Due to COVID-19 protocols, members of the public were allowed to attend in-person or online via the Zoom platform.
The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
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No members of the public offered any comment.
Councilors voted unanimously to cancel the December 21, 2021, regular City Council meeting. Due to staffing and scheduling changes, the council will opt from time to time to cancel their regular meetings.
Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the November 1, special City Council meeting and the November 2 regular City Council meeting.
The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the new Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
2022 BUDGET APPROVAL
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2567, the 2022 City of Montrose Municipal Budget, on second reading. The council approves the budget before the end of each year to make sure city operations run uninterrupted beginning January 1.
Finance Director Shani Wittenberg said the city held its annual Budget Open House back in October, and first presented the council with the proposed budget earlier in the same month.
Wittenberg presented a brief budget overview to the council and reviewed all the city’s funds and expenditures. Highlights included increased funding for public safety, city roadway improvements, and sewer and water infrastructure improvements.
In addition, the council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2021-24, which allows the city to officially adopt the 2022 Municipal Budget.
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ORDINANCE 2570 – FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a supplemental 2021 budget to accommodate unexpected expenditures in excess of the approved 2021 budget. Each fall city staff present a supplemental budget to the council, if needed. City Council must pass any supplemental budget with an ordinance.
NEW HOTEL AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION
City Councilors held a liquor license hearing for El Buen Sabor Mexican Restaurant Company located at 82 Rose Lane. The City Council acts as the local liquor license board for the City of Montrose.
Following a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve the license.
ORDINANCE 2568 – SECOND READING
City Councilors voted unanimously on second reading to approve a change to the city’s Municipal Code pertaining to loitering. Assistant City Attorney Matthew Magliaro had presented councilors with the revisions at a council work session in October.
Magliaro said the changes were recommended to better define loitering within city regulations.
ORDINANCE 2571 – FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2571 on first reading to amend the City Council district boundaries by the adoption of a new council district map.
During a work session on November 1, the council discussed the current district map, along with seven options for addressing population changes reflected in the 2020 Census. Changes to district boundaries require a unanimous vote of the City Council.
Pursuant to the City Charter, the City Council must adjust the district boundaries within one year of the publication of the Census results, which would be August 2022. Council has the option to adjust the boundaries prior to the April 2022 municipal election but is not required to do so.
The city’s total population, according to the 2020 Census, is 20,293, which sets a target of 5,073 per district. Each of the seven map options presented showed the resident count per district and the deviation from the target number.
Pursuant to the City Charter, if City Council opts to make adjustments to districts effective for the April 2022 municipal election, the adjustments must be adopted prior to Tuesday, January 4, which is the first day City Council candidate nomination petitions may be circulated for that election. Election information, including the updated City Council district map, will be made available for potential candidates by mid-December.
The Article I, Section 13, of the Charter of the City of Montrose outlines how the four City Council districts are established:
"The City Council shall divide the City by ordinance into four Council districts of approximately equal population, to be numbered 1 through 4, prior to May 1, 1981. The district boundaries shall be adjusted from time to time by the City Council as required to maintain approximately equal populations, and such an adjustment shall be made within one year following the publication of the results of each United States Decennial Census. Changes in district boundaries shall not be effective for any election unless adopted prior to the time petitions for nominations may be circulated for that election. Petitions for nomination for all Councilors shall be signed by at least 25 registered electors residing anywhere within the city."
By unanimous vote, the council adopted option 7 of the seven options presented.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the filing of a grant application with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA, to help with a local housing needs assessment.
According to Community Program Specialist Briceida Ortega, Colorado HB21-1271 created three grant programs under DOLA to help local governments better understand their housing needs and adopt policies and regulatory strategies that promote the development of affordable housing within Colorado communities.
The resolution approved by council states "the City of Montrose is eligible for the Planning Grant Program and the city has identified three regulatory strategies: implementing the creation of an expedited development review process for affordable housing, establishing a high-density bonus program to increase the construction of units that meet critical housing needs in the local community, and lessening the minimum parking requirements for new affordable housing developments."
The city is seeking up to $76,000 from DOLA for the assessment. The city would need to provide matching funds of up to 40% of the awarded total.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the filing of a grant application with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Cleanup Grant Program in the amount of $500,000 to improve conditions at the former Bullock Power Plant at 326 Water Avenue.
According to Community Program Manager Kendall Cramer, the former Bullock Power Plant operated as a coal-fired power plant from 1952 to 1982 and then operated on natural gas until its closure in 1984. It has since remained vacant.
The property the plant sits on was acquired by the City of Montrose on October 11, 2021, and is eligible for EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant Funds.
Cramer said the City of Montrose seeks to clean up the property to enable redevelopment and expand public access to the Uncompahgre River corridor.
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) POTENTIAL PROJECTS 2021-2022
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a number of projects to be funded by federal money allocated from the American Rescue Plan that was approved by congress earlier this year.
According to City Manager Bill Bell, the city is required to spend the funds on local projects like infrastructure and programs that benefit the public’s health and wellness.
Mobile Home Parks Public Health & Safety Improvements:
$375,000 to support the replacement of unsafe water and sewer systems for residents of three mobile home parks and to increase access to affordable housing options
Early Childhood Daycare Access Project:
$475,000 to assist in the creation of approximately 70 new daycare service slots, including infants and toddlers, to support the Montrose workforce, especially unemployed or underemployed women and families
Early Childhood Daycare Access and In‐Home Childcare Startup Program:
$150,000 to assist in the implementation of new early childhood education and daycare programming as a follow‐up to the community survey and childcare studies conducted by Bright Futures and other related organizations, as well as in the creation and implementation of a new program designed to assist in the startup and/or expansion of in‐home childcare businesses throughout Montrose
Montrose Recreation District Satellite Site Location Project:
$75,000 to assist the Montrose Recreation District in the establishment of a satellite recreation site to serve neighborhoods on the north end of Montrose.
Entry-Level Affordable Single‐Family Housing Construction Water & Sewer Infrastructure:
$750,000 Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure Installation at Cimarron Creek Manufactured Home Community provides quality entry-level affordable housing to Montrose residents and plays an important role in granting access to home ownership to all. his project will help to open up an additional 100+ homes.
Multi‐Family Workforce Rental Housing Construction Water & Sewer Infrastructure:
$515,000 Sanitary Sewer and Water Infrastructure Installation at Basecamp Apartments will provide 96 units of quality entry-level workforce rental housing units at the southern end of Colorado Outdoors in the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority Plan area.
GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH ADDITION II ANNEXATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2021-27 and Ordinance 2572 on first reading for the annexation of the Grace Community Church Addition II.
According to Senior City Planner Amy Sharp, the Grace Community Church Addition II is approximately 3.48 acres in size. The parcel is located east of S. Townsend Avenue, west of Woodgate Road, north of Otter Road, and south of Ogden Road.
ORDINANCE 2573 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2573 on first reading which provides a zoning designation of “R-3” Medium Density District for the Grace Community Church Addition II.
RIVERBEND RV PARK TRAVEL HOME PARK PERMIT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a travel home park permit for Riverbend RV Park located at 65120 Old Chipeta Trail.
According to Senior City Planner Amy Sharp, the purpose of the applicant’s proposal is to improve and expand services and facilities at the existing Riverbend RV Park.
This project is located along Chipeta Road just north of Chipeta Lake. Travel Home Park Permits are required for all travel home parks, as well as new construction within travel home parks, within the City of Montrose as stated in Municipal Code, Section 4-12-7.
A Travel Home Park Permit must be approved by the Planning Commission and City Council and meet the criteria in Section 4-12-7 and Section 4-12-8 of the Municipal Code. Issuance of this Travel Home Park Permit will allow the owner to make improvements within the existing Riverbend RV Park. The original “Use Permit” was approved and recorded on December 21, 2009.
ORDINANCE 2569 - SECOND READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2569 on second reading to rezone a portion of Parcel #376720200907, also known as 2365 Air Park Way. The applicant for the rezoning is the City of Montrose.
Senior City Planner Amy Sharp said the property is currently zoned “P” Public District. The proposed new zoning is “B-3” General Commercial District.
This zoning will allow for new commercial use opportunities
within this area. The city will retain a small piece of land within this parcel for public access to the river. The property consists of approximately 1.3 acres.
WOODS CROSSING SUBDIVISION FILING NO. 1 FINAL PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a final plat for the Woods Crossing Subdivision to create 127 new residential lots and dedicate rights of way and/or easements for the subdivision.
According to Senior City Planner Amy Sharp, the property is bordered on the south by American Village Subdivision, on the north by Sunnyside Road, and on the west and east (county parcels) by agricultural fields and single-family homes. The property is zoned “R-2” Low Density District on the east side of Hill Street and “R-3A” Medium High Density District on the west side of Hill Street.
LAND EXCHANGE & DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT - CITY OF MONTROSE AND STRYKER & COMPANY
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding, MOU, for a land exchange with Stryker & Company.
In response to business growth, Styker & Company, Inc. is seeking additional space to grow their commercial construction company. To do so, they are seeking a new location that provides for a better, more consolidated office with room to expand. According to City Manager Bill Bell, the city-owned 1.3-acre parcel located on Air Park Way is well suited for this growth.
Stryker & Company, Inc. would like to trade a 1.2-acre parcel that they own, located off Chipeta Drive and overlooking Chipeta Lake, for the city’s land on Air Park Way.
Project Process and Timeline
1. City of Montrose and Stryker & Company, Inc. will enter into an MOU that states responsibilities for each party.
2. Create a minor subdivision for the city parcel on Air Park Way. Minor subdivisions are administrative actions and take 1-2 months to complete. A draft plat is currently in the review process.
3. Rezone of the city parcel from “P” Public District to “B-3” General Commercial District.
• Planning Commission 10/27
• City Council 1st Reading 11/2
• City Council 2nd Reading 11/16
4. Approval of Development Agreement by City Council on 11/16/2021.
ORDINANCE 2574 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2574 on first reading, authorizing the disposal of Lot 1 in the Air Park Way Minor Subdivision. This parcel disposal is associated with the Stryker Land Exchange.
THE HUB AT MONTROSE CROSSING DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a development agreement between the City of Montrose and 1890 Homestead, LLC to facilitate development of the Hub at Montrose Crossing’s first phase to include 160 market-rate rental apartment units within the City of Montrose.
Montrose City Manager Bill Bell said 1890 Homestead, LLC started to evaluate and develop preliminary plans for a multi-family residential housing complex in 2019 in response to growing housing needs in the community.
Through this process they developed a plan for the Hub at Montrose Crossing (formerly 1890 Homestead) to be situated near the intersection of 6450 Road and Cobble Drive within the City of Montrose. The project was first discussed with City Council at a work session on August 31, 2020, when the project was envisioned to ultimately include a senior living building and approximately 21 separate two-story apartment buildings dispersed throughout the site with green space and pedestrian trails in between. At the August 30 work session, fee waivers and infrastructure support from the city with a value of up to $2.3 million were discussed to help facilitate the first phase of the project (192 apartment units) and, in doing so, help to meet the community’s housing needs. The city then budgeted for this assistance in the city’s 2021 budget.
Following the August 2020 work session, the developer continued to refine plans for their project and initially presented a sketch plan and planned development (PD) to the city Planning Commission for consideration in December 2020. The project was presented as a PD plan as required by city code to allow for the development to place multiple residential structures on a single lot. Planning Commission meetings for the project ultimately extended into February 2021 when the Planning Commission recommended approval of the PD plan but with a density restriction of no more than seven units per acre. It should be noted that the city does have the legal purview to place conditions on a planned development, versus a subdivision process where land uses are prescriptive by right through the city’s zoning and development codes.
The density restriction recommended by the Planning Commission was substantially lower than what was necessary to accommodate the project as planned by the developer and less than the density that could be achieved by completion of the project through a subdivision process. As a result, the developer elected to redesign their project to include a single, 160-unit apartment building on a single lot that was created through a standard minor subdivision. Site development plans and the minor subdivision for this application have been reviewed and approved by the city through the normal process.
Since initially discussing this project in August 2020, the need for housing has continued to increase in Montrose and throughout Colorado. When discussing housing issues with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), other state and local housing agencies, and anecdotally with members of our community, many would characterize the current housing situation as a crisis. Challenges being created by the lack of workforce housing in Montrose include, but are not limited to, workforce retention and recruitment issues, homelessness, and a dramatic rise in housing and rental prices. All of these issues have the potential to negatively impact quality of life and economic vitality for our community.
To help resolve these housing issues, the city has continued to work with the developers of the Hub project to facilitate the construction of additional workforce housing. To that end, a development agreement was prepared for City Council’s consideration, which includes potential financial commitments. Because the first phase of this project was scaled back to 160 units from the 192 initially proposed, the city’s financial contributions were reduced accordingly.
City Finance Director Shani Wittenberg delivered the sales, use, and excise tax report for September 2021. Wittenberg also delivered a third-quarter budget review to the council.
Read the reports in their entirety here.
Kendall Cramer and Lisa Kuczmarski delivered an update on upcoming holiday events. For a complete list of holiday events and promotions click here.
Youth City Councilor Harrison Hall said the Youth City Council is preparing for a Rock the Rec event at the Montrose Recreation Center, as well as a Youth City Council retreat.
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