Fort Lupton council approves four development service plans

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There was a certain commonality to Fort Lupton City Council’s Aug. 2 approvals of updated service plans for four developments.

All four votes were unanimous. There was no public comment, nor were there questions from councilors. Each contained an intergovernmental agreement between the district and the city, and each afforded a chance to explain new rules pertaining to city developments.

Jennifer Tanaka, special counsel to the city for special districts, said all metro districts have to maintain city roads, streets and parks within the developments.

“It helps defray costs to the city and pushes them onto the developers,” she told the council.

The four service plans are for the Cottonwood Conner Metropolitan District (covering a bit more than two acres near Ninth Street and Weld County Road 31), the Cottonwood Thermo District (2.3 acres near 19th Street and WCR 31), the Cottonwood Townhomes Metropolitan District (less than a half-acre near Ninth Street and College Avenue) and the Vista Meadows Metropolitan District (152 acres of homes at build-out).

Service plans deal with the design, acquisition, construction, installation, relocation, redevelopment, and financing of public improvements that are necessary for development, according to staff notes.

Later in the meeting, council voted 5-0 to approve a final plat for the Flats at Lupton Village, a mixed-use subdivision of 120, single-family attached residential lots and one general commercial lot. All of it is at the northeast corner of South Denver Avenue and WCR 12.

The main point of contention was the maintenance of the development’s main road. Officials with Baessler Developers designed the subdivision with the idea the city would take care of the road maintenance.

“My preference would be that it stay a private road,” Fort Lupton Public Works Director Roy Vestal said.

Credit card fees at court

Credit-card processing fees for municipal court will be increasing, thanks in large part to several federal rate increases and an increase in processing fees.

The fee increases from 3.95 percent (it’s been at that level since November) to 5 percent. The city pays the difference between what’s afforded and the actual amount. So far this year, the city hasn’t been able to collect more than $1,200 in fees because of an increase in charges from its credit card company.

That’s not all.

“These fees also affect the building permits,” staff said. “The Cascade Building Permit system uses the Global Payments credit card processor. Currently, on a $1,000 building permit, Global Payments adds $39.50 to the fee, if paid with a credit card.” 

City of Fort Lupton, Fort Lupton City Council, service plans, Cottonwood Conner Metropolitan District, Cottonwood Thermo Metropolitan District, Cottonwood Townhomes Metropolitan District, Vista Meadows Metropolitan District, court processing fees

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