This morning residents of Greenwood Village received great news with the official announcement that Dr. Judy Hilton (District 4) and Jerry Presley (District 1) will both run for Greenwood Village City Council in the upcoming November 7 election.
Hilton’s and Presley’s announcements follow last week’s news that Anne Ingebretsen and Dave Kerber will run for City Council in District 2. All four candidates were integral and worked tirelessly to defeat the incredibly irresponsible and inappropriate Orchard Station Subarea amendment that fell in the June 6 Special Election by a 3 to 1 margin (76% against vs 24% in favor).
Five members of City Council (Miklin (D1), Schluter (D2), Jones (D2), Bishop (D4) and Gordon (D4)), along with six members of Planning & Zoning ignored unprecedented opposition leading up to the Special Election and voted in favor of the amendment. The Orchard Station Subarea would have allowed over 3 million sqft of new development, tripled building heights and caused massive increases in traffic around the Tech Center. The current majority of City Council and P&Z members are clearly out of touch with their constituents. Consequently, those representatives need to be replaced in November.
Judy has lived in Greenwood Village for over 40 years and was recently inducted into the Cherry Creek Schools Legacy Hall of Fame. Over her distinguished 30-year career in the Cherry Creek School District, she was the principal of both Eaglecrest High School and Laredo Middle School. Throughout her career she has provided incredible service to the community and epitomizes the Cherry Creek tag line “Dedicated to Excellence”.
Jerry Presley is one of the most likable people I have met in recent years. He has an enormous amount of wisdom and is incredibly reasoned in his arguments. Jerry previously served on city council for eight years and also served on P&Z. This experience overlaps when the Comprehensive Plan was originally adopted in 2004 and the amendments that followed (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2015). It makes him intimately familiar with the diligent work that went into crafting the existing vision for the City and carefully balancing the residential and commercial interests. Ultimately, he understands why the proposed Orchard Station Subarea was such a contradiction to the existing character of the Village and the long-term and irreparable damage that would have resulted had the amendment been adopted.
Judy Hilton and Jerry Presley firmly grasp the vision and ideals that make Greenwood Village such a wonderful place to live and raise a family. They both are supportive of reasonable development that is compatible with the residential suburban character of Greenwood Village and also helps maintain the city’s tax base. They are both thoughtful, intelligent and passionate about Greenwood Village. I believe they will listen closely to their constituents and will carry forward the vision adopted in the existing Comprehensive Plan. For these reasons, combined with the overall quality of their character, I believe they will both make fantastic city council members. I look forward to enthusiastically supporting their campaigns.
Read their announcements in The Villager
Today, former Greenwood Village city council members, Anne Ingebretsen and Dave Kerber announced their intent to run for the District 2 City Council seats in this year’s November 7 election.
The June 6 special election results in which 76% of Greenwood Village voters flatly rejected the Orchard Subarea Plan, demonstrate the misalignment between residents and the five city council members who voted in favor of the Subarea.
The Orchard Station Subarea amendment to the GV Comprehensive Plan would have welcomed dramatic increases in density, building height and over 1,000 new multi-family residential units.
Current District 2 council members Leslie Schluter and Darryl Jones, along with Freda Miklin, Tom Bishop and T.J. Gordon represent the five city council members who favored the amendment. Their approach was about abandoning the long-standing low density suburban character of the Village and replacing it with high-density Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which served as the premise for the now defeated Subarea.
Dave and Anne are both genuine, down to earth people who care deeply about preserving and protecting the special qualities of Greenwood Village.
They understand the decades of thoughtful planning and development that has resulted in great neighborhoods, unmatched city services and a significant and sustainable tax base provided by a thriving base of businesses.
They dedicated countless hours to the Save Our Village Issue Committee and defeating the Orchard Station Subarea amendment in the June 6 Special Election. They are both long-term residents of Greenwood Village and have both served on P&Z and City Council. They have a deep understanding of the history of the Village and will be open to balancing the concerns and desires of citizens with reasonable development that fits with residents’ vision of Greenwood Village as articulated in the Comprehensive Plan.
I look forward to supporting both Anne and Dave in their campaigns.
The Villager: Two former Greenwood councilmembers—opponents of Subarea plan—run again
There are many issues with amending the GV Comprehensive Plan and the massive 3.3 million square foot development that Alberta Development Partners proposed last summer. However, the biggest is density (no pun intended) because it will bring: 1) large increases in traffic (potentially 27,000 incremental car trips per day – twice a sold out Nuggets game) and 2) significant increases in building height (max of 5 stories today vs. 200 feet (the height of the Landmark) under the proposed Orchard Station Subarea.
I have heard people argue that the developer needs the increased density to generate an acceptable rate of return. The current zoning and Comp Plan governing Orchard Station already provide for significantly more development opportunity than Alberta has required in its other developments; suggesting there is more than enough opportunity to generate a reasonable return.
Alberta can currently develop just under 1.2 million of mixed-use square feet on its 24 acres in Orchard Station. That works out to current development capacity of 48,708 sqft per acre.
The HIGHEST DENSITY mall that Alberta has developed is the Simi Valley Town Center in California (based on information I found on its website). The Simi Valley Town Center is 637,728 square feet on 27.1 acres, which works out to 23,532 sqft per acre.
The current Comp Plan and Orchard Station zoning ALREADY allow for twice the density of Alberta’s highest density mall. Isn’t this enough?
Last week, eleven members of Greenwood Village City Council and Planning & Zoning stated in The Villager that:
“The Orchard Station area can be improved without involving the federal government. This is because capacity can be gained without I-25 bridge reconstruction.”
However, the Greenwood Village 2011 traffic study completely contradicts this statement about Orchard/I-25:
“Improvements needed for intersection capacity would require extensive bridge reconstruction and right-of-way acquisition. Improvements would need to be part of a coordinated interchange reconstruction with the Colorado Department of Transportation. “
The traffic study also explains that Orchard/Quebec and Orchard/Yosemite will be challenging intersections to improve (see pages v, 25 & 32 for reference to “Challenging Intersections”).
Finally, keep in mind the 2011 study did not include any new development in Orchard Station.
Please look at the two pictures below of eastbound and westbound Orchard under I-25. Does it look like there is an easy way to add capacity under this bridge?
It just doesn’t make sense that you can potentially add 27,000 vehicle trips per day and somehow reduce congestion 35-40%.
Just VOTE NO on June 6.
This week’s YourHub section of the Denver Post included the first in a Q&A series related to the Orchard Station Ballot Issue. The first question posed, “If approved, what impact do you anticipate the Orchard Station Subarea Plan will have on school enrollment in Greenwood Village?“.
It is stunning that Cherry Creek School District submitted the same response as it did in the January 2017 Greenwood Village Newsletter. Somehow CCSD reached the conclusion that the average annual impact of 1,200+ Orchard Station residences will ONLY produce 25 students. This conclusion makes no sense.
Using the national standards that CCSD provides in both articles, Orchard Station is projected to generate 300 students, or 12-times more than the District estimates. Continue reading
In your mail this week, you likely received a couple of slick, glossy expensive pieces of propaganda from “Yes for Greenwood Village” regarding the June 6 special election on the proposed changes to Greenwood Village’s Comprehensive Plan, which sets forth Greenwood Village’s vision, goals and planning framework. VOTING NO on June 6 maintains the existing comprehensive plan and vision for the Village.
Their mailings, website and full-page ads in the Villager claim that voting yes, “enables a 35-40% reversal of traffic congestion”.
Using traffic statistics from the Village’s traffic engineer, it is estimated that the 3.3 million square foot development plan (3-times the Size of Streets of Southglenn) that Alberta Development Partners submitted last summer could produce 34,000 VEHICLE TRIPS PER DAY (and that was only on 55% or 24 of the 44-acre development opportunity in the Subarea). Most of these trips would be incremental, since the Marilyn Hickey Church and empty 13-acre lot in the proposed Subarea currently produce a limited amount of traffic. This is over TWICE the amount of traffic from a sold out Nuggets or Avalanche game. Continue reading
The WSJ states that “Based on the pace so far (in 2017), the brokerage estimates retailers will close more than 8,600 locations this year, which would eclipse the number of closings during the 2008 recession.”
With 300,000 sqft of retail under development at Belleview Station, 170,000 sqft next door at The Landmark, The Jones District under development at Dry Creek, Park Meadows a short drive away, ever increasing competition from online sales and a restaurant industry that has struggled over the last year and a half; is there a chance that retail may already be overbuilt?
Do we need another 300,000 sqft of retail in Greenwood Village? Continue reading
At last night’s city council meeting, after listening to a limited number of residents speak on the Orchard Station Comprehensive Plan amendment (the new revisions to the amendment were only released three-days earlier on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.), city council members publicly stated their positions and ultimately, passed the ordinance by a vote of 5-3. Click here to read the redline version of the revised Comp Plan amendment.
In Favor of Orchard Station Subarea
Against Orchard Station Subarea
The council members opposed to the Orchard Station Subarea do not believe that the amendment provides adequate protections to current residents regarding density, building height, traffic and maintaining the Village’s current balance of single-family (54%) vs. multi-family (46%) residences.
However, city council did honor its previous commitment to refer the amendment to the comprehensive plan to the voters and set a Special Election on the issue for June 6, 2017.
Enjoy this short clip from former city council member Jerry Presley, while we wait for Monday’s city council meeting to see if city council reaches a compromise on the Orchard Station amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.
At its March 6 meeting, city council delayed sending the issue to the voters, as it had previously agreed, in order to try and reach a compromise on the amendment.
The Grand Compromise
Controversial Orchard Station plan headed to Greenwood Village City Council
This is a good article on Orchard Station, which was written at the end of last week. Subsequent to the article, City Council informally decided to send the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the voters. City Council is expected to formally vote on the referendum Feb. 6.
The Villager also published commentary on Orchard Station. The Mayor’s statement opposing the Amendment can be found at the bottom of the article.
Sunset on the Subarea?