As population grows, Timnath looks toward bigger, more amenity filled future |

As population grows, Timnath looks toward bigger, more amenity filled future

Allison Dyer Bluemel

Like many towns in northern Colorado, Timnath has seen expansion in the last few years. However, for the town of approximately 3,000 the increase in rooftops has been more dramatic than most.

The spike — so far, building permits in 2015 are double the entire year of 2010 — came from the perfect storm of three community elements, Town Manager April Getchius.

The first of which is Timnath's proximity to larger towns and cities, such as Windsor and Fort Collins.

This brings along with it work opportunities as residents can easily drive to those cities' employment centers.

Secondly, with Interstate 25 access running along the spine of the town, residents have easy access to further cities for work or personal trips.

However, it's the sprawling, nearly rural feel of their residential developments that really brings people — residents and developers alike — to look at the area, Getchius said.

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In addition to mid-grade homes, which are highest in demand, these developments account for many of the regions multi-million dollar estates.

"We have all the benefits of proximity and a little more elbow room," she said.

This hasn't happened by accident, either.

In the post-recession real estate market, developers began buying up land that had been sharply discounted after the crash, but had infrastructure already built out. The result was a quick rise of homes in the short years following.

"It brought in new life," Town Planner Matt Blakely said.

Town staff and planners made the decision when bringing in these larger residential neighborhoods to distance homes from one another and avoid the congested feel of outside developments, Getchius said.

Help from the town council, which has made open space a priority, also ensures that the open layout will continue even as more land is developed, she said.

"As space gets more tight, that sense of openness is even more vital," Getchius said.

With more people will ultimately come more commercial development as the additional rooftops make Timnath a more profitable option for bigger businesses.

Ideally, Getchius would like to see larger employment centers come into town to give residents a local place to work.

For now, their focus is largely centered on bringing in the amenities of larger cities — including an expansion of the Poudre Trail and efforts to take truck traffic out of the downtown area — demanded by a growing population.

While the addition of Wal-Mart and Costco on Harmony Road has been a benefit to the town's tax base, future amenities would include small restaurants and shops to foster a more defined community.

"People want their coffee shops and parks," she said. "As people move here they have an expectation of more services."

As can be seen in communities such as Windsor and others in northern Colorado, an increase in businesses that can provide sales tax drives future expansion and capital improvement projects.

"Most of our budget is driven by sales tax revenue," Getchius said.

And, if the growth trend continues as they hope, the town will continue to build the population and revenue necessary to expand on itself down the road.

Currently, town staff is reviewing more than 1,200 single-family home lots plans for the town in addition to those properties built out.

"As long as the economy continues to hold, I think we'll continue to see this kind growth," Getchius said.

Issued Building Permits:

2011 Single-family residential: 132

2012 Single-family residential: 141

2013 Single-family residential: 166

2014 Single-family residential: 167

2015 Single-family residential through Aug. 19: 134