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Weld County, Windsor officials agree to common development standards for areas around town

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Kirkmeyer

Officials from Weld County and the town of Windsor have finalized an agreement on common development standards, making Windsor the first municipality to have completed the process with the county's planning department.

The proposed common design standards, which apply only to unincorporated county lands within Windsor's identified growth management area, will ensure that development within this area is consistent with the county and town's plans on items such as site access, screening, lighting and signage, according to a news release.

"Completing this agreement with Windsor is a great step toward working together on development," said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, coordinator for the planning department this year, in the news release. "This agreement will help us maintain consistent design and development goals for projects near Windsor's boundaries, which is beneficial for both the town and for the residents."

As Weld County's population grows, much of that growth is occurring in unincorporated areas of the county near municipalities, county officials have recognized the need to work with municipalities to ensure consistency in certain design elements, the release stated.

Kirkmeyer credited Windsor town leaders for acting promptly on the agreement.

"Windsor is the first municipality to take advantage of this process with the county," said Kirkmeyer. "Elected officials from Windsor, the board of commissioners and the planning department worked hard to develop these standards, and the result is something everyone is happy with."

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County officials hope to work with all of the municipalities in Weld to develop these agreements in accordance to each municipality's development and growth goals, the release stated.

"It's always good planning when the county and a municipality work together to achieve common standards and work cooperatively on regional issues," Parko said. "That's what these agreements will allow us to do."

For more

To learn more about coordinating planning agreements, go to the Planning Department web page at http://www.weldgov.com or call Tom Parko at (970) 400-3572.