May 20, 2011
by John Kiljan
In case you’ve been reluctant to get out of your car in the rain to read all those public hearing notice posters popping up in and around the Triangle, here’s a typed copy of what is written on them:
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[logo] CITY OF ARVADA
REQUEST: To rezone from PUD-BP (Planned Unit Development-Business Professional), R-M (Residential Multi Family), R-L (Residential Low Density), B-2 (General Business), and C-1 (Conservation District) to PUD-BPR (Planned Unit Dev. Business, Professional Residential), and consider an Outline Development Plan for the ARVADA TRIANGLE
LOCATION: Ralston Rd. & Independence
LOCATION OF HEARING: 8101 RALSTON ROAD
TIME: 7:00 P.M.
INTERESTED PARTIES MAY SPEAK AT THE MEETING OR FILE WRITTEN COMMENTS 8 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.
FOR DETAILED INFORMATION – call the PLANNING DIVISION 720-898-7435
The Unauthorized Removal of this Sign is Subject to Prosecution
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IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
Yes, the location of the hearing is at City Hall. Yes, the Triangle is officially one of Arvada’s blighted areas and has been the subject of a redevelopment effort since 2003. Yes, the hearing does involve the fate of the Arvada Community Gardens and every business in the redevelopment area which runs from Kipling to the North Jeffco Community Park and from KMart to Safeway and to 57th Avenue. Yes, each plan calls for extending Garrison Street up the hill from Ralston Road to 57th Avenue along its current alignment. Yes, each plan also calls for relocating the Arvada Community Gardens to some other location in Arvada. Yes, developers are free to propose any redevelopment plan they like regardless of what is included in the ODP. Yes, redevelopment plans are subject to substantial modification after they have first been approved by the Arvada City Council.
No, although they have great weight, the recommendations of the Planning Commission are not binding upon the Arvada City Council. No, the redevelopment won’t happen right away. No, there is no known redevelopment offer on the table for the Triangle — it could be weeks, months or years before that happens. No, AURA does not release details of the discussions it is having with potential developers of the Triangle. No, so far, there have been no addendums to the draft ODP since it was presented to the Arvada City Council last January. No, there are no plans in the ODP for including a recreational center or replacement pool for the Fisher Pool in the redevelopment area. No, it’s not known if this hearing will be televised.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
In addition to the number already listed for the City of Arvada’s Planning Division, the Arvada Planning Commission has an Arvada.org webpage at http://arvada.org/about-arvada/planning-commission/ but there is not much information posted there.
AURA has however posted the graphics of its proposed outline development plan on its website. All four can be viewed by clicking on http://arvadaurbanrenewal.org/about-aura/our-triangle-area-concept-plan-completed . The last concept plan (number four) was one proposed by an undisclosed developer.
In addition to the Planning Commission, the Arvada City Council expects to hold a public hearing on AURA’s outline development plan (ODP) for the Triangle sometime in June or July.
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community (CLRC)’s website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ will provide updates as they become available.
Since all four of the proposed ODP concept plans call for the removal and relocation of the Arvada Community Gardens at Garrison 57th Avenue, the Arvada Gardeners keep an active website on the subject. Click on http://www.arvadagardeners.org/ to find out more.
The Arvada City Council held a study session on January 24th that had an active discussion about the importance of the gardens as a neighborhood asset while balancing the need to make as attractive an offer as possible to potential commercial developers of the blighted Triangle shopping center. You can see the streaming video of that discussion by clicking on this link http://arvada.org/media-services/council-meetings
and then clicking on the City Council Meeting 01/24/11 identifier near the bottom of the page. Slide the play indicator over to the 1 hour 37 minute mark to see and hear the discussion.
John Kiljan, CLRC News: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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