If Garrett Baum isn’t allowed to build 29 patio homes on the old Willowcroft Manor property, he said he’ll build two-story family dwellings instead — likely increasing the population and traffic even more.
Hearing lots of concerns about the possible effects of the plan during an unusually packed Columbine Valley Town Council meeting Feb. 19, staff agreed it exceeds the allowed density for the site, at 3600 W. Bowles Ave. They’d like Baum to decrease the number to 26 patio homes, still a bit above the 23 that would be allowed now.
“I bought in Columbine Valley for low density,” said Jeff Brooks from The Village, who added he’s not concerned with the design, but about traffic.
Baum’s areadly come down from 31 and points out that two areas in the town currently have higher density than allowed.
Mayor Gale Christy invited a representative of each homeowners’ group to speak, limiting them to five minutes each. Others weren’t permitted to speak during the meeting, which Christy described as a look at a preliminary draft. There will be a public hearing next summer.
DeeDee Morland of Burning Tree said she’s opposed to any deviation from the master plan regarding density.
“It devalues adjacent property,” she said.
Kathy Boyd, secretary for Old Columbine, and Mary Lou Seliger of Columbine Village both echoed Morland’s concerns.
Questions came up about the adjacent Grimm property. Baum said he was working on rights to it.
The trustees had some questions regarding width of emergency access, landscape maintenance and what will happen to old trees. Police Chief Bret Cottrell wondered if the roads were public or private (they are public) and the length of the emergency exit.
Representatives from Brookhaven I and II said after many discussions, one issue was consistently supported: Contrary to staff’s opinion, they do not want access on Brookhaven Lane for the new housing and want traffic to go on the collector street, Middlefield Road.
The trustees decided to defer further discussion until Feb. 26, when they were to convene for a study session. Interested parties should call the town offices at 303-795-1434 for more information.