Alberta Withdraws Orchard Station Proposal

Yesterday Alberta Development withdrew its Master Development Plan proposal for a 3.3 million square foot mixed use development at Orchard and I-25. 

There is speculation that the original proposal was submitted as a stalking horse to make the next proposal seem more palatable and like a compromise. 
Here is a link to a Denver Business Journal article announcing Alberta’s decision to withdraw and seek community input before resubmitting. 

Click here for DBJ article. 

P&Z rejects Orchard Station Amendment and Rezoning

In a packed house with two hours of nearly unanimous opposition, Greenwood Village Planning & Zoning rejected the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would create an Orchard Station Subarea by a vote of 8-0. Rezoning six properties from B-1 To Town Center also failed on a 4-4 vote. 

Residents that spoke made it clear that they did not want a “downtown” in Greenwood Village and were seriously concerned about the impact on traffic, schools, views and overall quality of life. 

City council may still consider voting on the amendment on August 1, so we may still see a similar debate in a couple of weeks. 

GV changes language around “ensuring high quality education”

In the most recent Orchard Station Subarea (Item 3j) draft amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, Greenwood Village changed the language around the impact of new development on the area schools.

Prior language: Ensure that new development can be accommodated by area schools while maintaining the high quality of education.”

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New Language: Refer development applications to Cherry Creek School District and consider the District’s comments in development decisions.”

According to 2014 GV Survey, Residents don’t want a Downtown in Greenwood Village

The Orchard Station Subarea – Comprehensive Plan Draft that will be voted on next Tuesday at the July 19 Planning and Zoning Meeting states in its opening sentence that “The Greenwood Village community desires an identifiable center in the Corridor Planning Area that serves as a downtown gathering place for all Greenwood Village residents.

However, in the Greenwood Village 2014 Citizen Survey, the word “downtown” does not appear once in the entire survey results. Continue reading

July 19, 2016 – GV Planning and Zoning Meeting (Comprehensive Plan Amendment Summary with links to documents)

The Planning and Zoning Commission will likely vote to recommend the amendment to City Council onTuesday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (6060 S. Quebec St.).

Please read my earlier post here about the importance of this meeting.

The following is the summary of Comprehensive Plan Amendment posted on the Village’s website, click here for original along with the agenda and related documents. Continue reading