New zoning for Golden Peaks

Glenn Wallace
Posted 7/25/12

The old Golden Peaks Dairy site, 58th Avenue and Highway 93, may soon churn up 217 detached, single-family homes, after the Jefferson County …

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New zoning for Golden Peaks

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The old Golden Peaks Dairy site, 58th Avenue and Highway 93, may soon churn up 217 detached, single-family homes, after the Jefferson County Commissioners voted 3-0 to finalize a zone change.

The 68.5 acres had previously been zoned and approved for 150 single-family homes.

However, the landowners came forward with the revised development plan showing a higher density.

The land lies on the northwestern edge of the Fairmont area of the county’s development plan, and has residential developments to the south and the east. Lands to the north and west are zoned agricultural.

Craig Karn, from Consilium Design, said the proposed residential densities of 3.17 units per acre, are still within the county development plan guidelines of up to 4 units per acre.

He highlighted the community benefits of maintaining the Van Biber Creek corridor and connecting the existing portions of the Van Biber Trail with Highway 93.

“Our goal is to preserve the creek, pretty much as it is,” Karn said, specifically stating that most of the mature trees along the creek banks would be preserved.

One of those tree species, hawthorn, will also serve as the development’s new name.

More than 40 people attended a community meeting when the rezoning was first proposed, however public interest seemed mild by the time it had reached the county commissioners.

With no public comment for or against the rezoning during the public hearing at their meeting on July 17, and a unanimous recommendation from the Jeffco Planning Commission to approve the change, the commissioners only asked staff and the applicant a few questions before approving the zone change.

Commissioner Don Rosier asked if the development plan had room to accommodate any Highway 93 widening and improvements, particularly as they might affect the steep grade along the northern corner of the property.

“It’s often forgotten, but can cause significant problems,” Rosier said of the grading issue.

Karn said the official development plan for Hawthorn would provide space and sound buffering from the highway.

Developers still must register an official plat and take out construction permits before work can begin.

Phase one of the development will be razing the few homes currently located along 58th and the old commercial buildings that housed Golden Peaks Dairy.

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