Monday Council Workshop to Discuss Arvada Ridge Traffic & Parking, Chickens and Neighborhood Grants


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends, 

During a very full Monday evening agenda, a local developer will ask the City for $3.6 million to help build a parking structure at the Arvada Ridge commuter rail station.  The Council will also hear about two options for building an access road off of southbound Kipling into the new rail station to reduce traffic on nearby residential streets. 

The workshop will then move onto Staff recommendations on the current ordinance that allows up to five chickens to be raised in residential areas.  And that will be followed by Staff recommendations for the coming year’s Neighborhood Grant Program.

Arvada Ridge apartmentsThe request by the developer to help fund a 295-space four-story parking structure atop Arvada Ridge is currently not in the City’s budget.  The Environmental Impact Statement for the station says that RTD will provide 200 surface parking spaces for the station on opening day and up to 180 additional structured parking spaces in the following 15 years.  

The proposed structure by Peregrine Group Development would meet [all] of RTD’s current obligations  as well as  some of the developer’s own needs.  The Council has already allocated $7.5 million to support the construction of one or more parking structures near the Olde Town Arvada commuter rail station. 

Concerns about increases in traffic on Miller and Independence Streets after the new station opens up seem to be prompting the calls for a new exit off of Kipling at Ridge Road.  However, City Staff says an exit ramp from Kipling will be difficult to build.  And, unless there is also new parking on the north side of Ridge Road, it may not be very effective.

Backyard chicken coopCity Staff is not currently recommending any changes to the chicken-keeping ordinance.  However, in response to citizen complaints, Council members may to want make the ordinance more restrictive.

The Neighborhood Grants Program will include a discussion on encouraging applications from other than homeowners associations.  The grant application process for the $50 thousand program starts again this month.  

This meeting is only a Council workshop.  Workshops are interactive sessions with City Staff and among the Council members themselves.  No decisions are made, nor are any formal votes taken.

Normally there is no opportunity for public comment during workshops.  But this will be an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend and listen in on the discussions and presentations.  The workshop will take place at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 10th in the Council Chambers in City Hall. 

THINKING OF ATTENDING?

It will be easier to follow the presentations and discussions if you first download and read the Council packet for the evening at this link:

http://arvada.org/government/city-council-packets/

It’s worth looking at just for the nice pictures of chicken coops, but you will have to get out a city map to follow the discussion on traffic flows in and out of the Arvada Ridge Station.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

YourHub.com has an informative article about the developers behind the at the Arvada Ridge Station apartments at this link:

http://yourhub.denverpost.com/arvada/railside-apartments-target/WDfxHJBJIHClWqkGmoAOfK-story

Photo credits:  chicken coop by Wikimedia Commons at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coop_and_run_front_right.jpg

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as it becomes available.  Or you can friend us on Facebook.  Our Facebook name is “Clrc Arvada”.

John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@yahoo.com

December 8, 2012

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