Town looks to Fort Lupton and Milliken in possible creation of planning agreement with Weld County
April 17, 2014
Windsor Town Board members are looking to Fort Lupton and Milliken as the municipalities work through planning agreements with the county that would change the protocol for some land use applications.
Windsor Town Board members discussed during the April 7 work session the ongoing conversation with Weld County commissioners about a planning agreement that would create a notification and referral process for both municipalities on land-use applications that occur within a three-mile growth management area of Windsor.
Town Manager Kelly Arnold said the board discussed approaching the county more than a year ago about creating an intergovernmental agreement to deal with annexations or other development-review processes that occur near Windsor's growth management area. At a work session between the town and commissioners, the commissioners indicated there were other municipalities in the county interested in reaching a similar agreement.
After a few months, Arnold said commissioners developed a draft agreement and sent them to four municipalities for review. He said Fort Lupton and Milliken decided to take the draft and work toward a final agreement, while Windsor and Firestone "took a wait-and-see position."
Mayor John Vazquez said the town's goal is to control development as it occurs near its growth management boundary, so the town can have a say in the land use and development standards.
"I think that the county commissioners understand that our objective, from a municipal standpoint, is just to have an agreement that has a little bit of teeth that it doesn't allow people to just skip around our process to go jump into a county process because it might be easier or cheaper or maybe faster," Vazquez said.
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Arnold suggested the board watch what happens with discussions between Milliken and Fort Lupton and the county on the agreement before taking any more steps, and board members agreed.