Taylor property annexed to city

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Lakewood’s Ward 3 became a bit larger at the end of the Sept. 9 city council meeting. The council unanimously approved the annexation, zoning and incorporation of the Taylor property parcel, 6900 W. Lakeridge Road, just south of the Green Gables property, into the city.

It is zoned as R-1-43, which allows for agriculture and single developments per acre.

The property was zoned into Ward 3, due to its location and precincts drawn by Jefferson County.

“This is a significant milestone for Lakewood, and it’s a privilege to have added this to the city,” said Mayor Bob Murphy at the end of the meeting. “It really is a jewel — it’s a unique property, and there’s nothing like it in the city.”

The property is 122.3 acres that has been owned by the Taylor family for several generations, and the property is mostly open land with a house, small lake and is used mainly for agricultural purposes and horse-keeping.

Vernon Taylor III, the trustee of the property, said that the entire family is delighted that Lakewood is considering annexing the property, because they feel that Lakewood is one of the best governed municipalities in the area.

“It was our father’s stated wish that the property stayed in tact, and if it is ever developed, it’s not developed intensely, and we’re following that,” he said.

Eloit Hoyt, the representative for Taylor, said there are no plans for any kind of developments, road connections or any other major changes to the property.

Neighbors from Vassar Avenue, a neighborhood right next to the property, were on hand to support the annexation, but wanted to make certain their concerns about potential development were on record.

Roger Wimmer, who created a website about the potential for roads built through the neighborhood and possible developments, said the neighborhood wants to protect its character.

Wimmer said he worked with principal planner Mark Doering and the neighborhood feels good about the care the city is putting into protection of the neighborhoods.

“I want to thank the Taylor family for bringing this property to Lakewood,” said Ward 5 Councilwoman Diana Wilson. “It’s a beautiful property and open space, and now that it’s part of Lakewood, any potential changes down the line will go through our careful consideration process.”