Montrose, CO — City Councilors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, July 18, to consider a number of development plats, some updates to the city’s Municipal Code, and hear a sales, use and excise tax report for the month of May 2023.
Mayor Barbara Bynum and councilors Doug Glaspell, David Reed, and Ed Ulibarri met in the City Council Chambers at the Elks Civic Building along with city staff. Councilor Dave Frank was absent.
The following is a summary of the primary topics discussed during the meeting.
Watch the meeting here.
PARK AND RECREATION MONTH PROCLAMATION
Mayor Barbara Bynum signed a proclamation designating July 2023 as Park and Recreation Month in the City of Montrose.
"Parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country, including that served by the Montrose Recreation District and the City
of Montrose," Bynum said. "Parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in communities, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region."
One member of the public came forward to voice their support of city staff and offer their congratulations to the City Council for having a professional staff serving the Montrose community.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the City Council’s June 20 regular meeting.
The city’s archive of past meeting minutes can be found on the new Public Meetings Portal and at CityofMontrose.org/ArchiveCenter.
ORDINANCE 2630 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2630, on first reading, which updates Title 1, Chapter 2, General Provisions, and Title 1, Chapter 14, Municipal Court sections of the official code of the City of Montrose. The ordinance also repeals and replaces other sections of the code as it pertains to the city’s Municipal Court.
Assistant City Attorney Matt Magliaro addressed the council to discuss the changes to the Municipal Court’s sentencing language and how that would affect the court when it goes into session each Thursday. These changes reflect updates to sentencing guidelines that have become more common in courts across the state.
The Montrose Municipal Court is located at 107 South Cascade Ave and can be found online here.
WOODGATE/EAST OAK GROVE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Woodgate/East Oak Grove Development Agreement to include the purchase of rights of way, easements, and a residential structure at a cost of $240,500.
City Engineer Scott Murphy said the City of Montrose designed and constructed a realignment of Woodgate Road to join up directly with East Oak Grove Road, which was completed in the summer of 2022. This realignment was in response to building traffic congestion in the area and was envisioned in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Traffic studies for the realignment project envisioned that the new intersection of Woodgate and East Oak Grove Roads (would ultimately be constructed as a roundabout. However, the city was unable to construct the roundabout concurrent with the realignment project due to a lack of necessary rights of way on the northern side of East Oak Grove Road as well as schedule and budget limitations that existed at that time.
Since the completion of the Woodgate Realignment project, property ownership on the northern side of East Oak Grove Road has changed. The new owners have expressed an interest in partnering to see the roundabout built, intend to annex/develop the surrounding area, and are working to redevelop existing commercial properties towards the northwest (Penn Mall Area). Furthermore, the developers have been working with All Points Transit (APT) to situate their new transit center immediately northeast of the roundabout. APT has spent the last several years working to secure a suitable site for their new transit center facility and considers this area an ideal location for their operations given its central location and proximity to amenities. Construction of the transit center is tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2024.
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve September 5 as the hearing date for the Pallante Addition annexation.
City Planner William Reis said the Pallante Addition is a proposed annexation approximately 0.76 acres in size. The parcel is located along Juniper Road, across from the intersection with El Camino Real Road. It is within the city’s urban growth boundary, City of Montrose sewer service area, and the Menoken water service area. Annexation of this property will allow for connection to city utilities.
Proposed Zoning: “MHR” Manufactured Housing Residential District
Applicant: Tara Pallante, Anthony Pallante, and Ava Pallante
DRY CEDAR CREEK II ADDITION ANNEXATION
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the annexation application and the associated zoning for the Dry Cedar Creek II Addition.
City Planner William Reis said the Dry Cedar Creek II Addition is a proposed annexation of approximately 5.06 acres in size. The parcel is located along Ogden Road, southeast of its intersection with Kellie Drive. It is within the city’s urban growth boundary, City of Montrose sewer service area, and City of Montrose water service area. Annexation of this property will allow for connection to city utilities.
Councilors approved both a resolution and Ordinance 2631 for the annexation. Proposed Zoning: “R-3A” Medium High-Density District
Applicant: RealAmerica, LLC
ORDINANCE 2632 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, the zoning for the Dry Cedar Creek II Addition as a “R-3A” Medium High-Density district.
WOODS CROSSING NORTH AMENDED PRELIMINARY PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Woods Crossing North Amended Preliminary Plat.
City Planner William Reis said the Woods Crossing North Amended Preliminary Plat will subdivide a 160.71-acre parcel into a residential subdivision. The property is bordered on the south by Sunnyside Road, on the north by Miami Road, on the west by 6720 Road, and on the east by agricultural fields and single-family homes. The majority of the parcel (134+ acres) is zoned “R-3” Medium Density District, with two “B-4” Neighborhood Shopping District sections with a condition prohibiting multifamily use.
The residential lots proposed on this preliminary plat all fall within the “R-3” Medium Density District. This preliminary plat proposes 263 single-family residential lots, a 5.42-acre dedicated public park, 9.36 acres of other open space, associated rights-of-way, and a 76.33-acre outlot for future development. This application amends the previously approved Woods Crossing North Amended Plat, which had proposed 287 residential lots and was approved on October 2, 2022. The Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the Woods Crossing North Amended Preliminary Plat during the June 28, 202,3 meeting. A final plat will also be required within five years of approval of this preliminary plat.
Applicant: Matt Miles, Leadership Circle, LLC
WOODS CROSSING FILING NO. 2 FINAL PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Woods Crossing No. 2 Final Plat.
City Planner William Reis said the Woods Crossing Subdivision is located in eastern Montrose, along both sides of Hill Street, south of Sunnyside Road. The property is zoned “R-2” Low-Density District on the eastern side of Hill Street, and “R-3A” Medium High-Density District on the western side. City Council approved the Woods Crossing Amended Preliminary Subdivision Plat on May 16, 2023. This final plat application would formally create one new lot and dedicate one stormwater tract, reserving the remaining unbuilt portions of the subdivision for future filings.
Applicant: Matt Miles, Leadership Circle, LLC
BEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION FILING NO. 8 FINAL PLAT
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve the Bear Creek Subdivision Filing No. 8 Final Plat.
City Planner William Reis said the Bear Creek Subdivision is located in northern Montrose, east of 6350 Road and south of Lincoln Road. Filing No. 8 proposes to create 37 new single-family residential lots. The property is approximately 53.36 acres in size, with 5.18 acres dedicated to residential lots, 2.87 acres to rights-of-way, 3.75 acres of open space, and the remaining 41.56 acres consisting of outlots for future development. The property is zoned “R-3A” Medium High Density District and “R-5” Low Density/Manufactured Housing District. The preliminary plat was approved in September 2021.
Applicant: Matt Miles, Leadership Circle, LLC
ORDINANCE 2633 - FIRST READING
City Councilors voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 2633, on first reading, which approved the designation of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Montrose as a historic property to be added to the city’s own historic registry.
City Planner William Reis gave a presentation outlining the church’s qualifications for being designated as a historic property located at 19 South Park Avenue.
The council will vote on a second reading of the ordinance at the August 1 City Council regular meeting.
Finance Director Shani Wittenberg delivered the sales, use, and excise tax report for May 2023.
Read the reports in their entirety here.
Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said the department will host a National Night Out on August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Montrose Police Department.
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