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Windsor town board votes for new ‘enhanced design standards ‘ for Interstate 25 and Colo. 392 Corridor Activity Center

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

After a year of discussions, public comment and meetings, Windsor's town board took the first step toward approving a new set of design standards for development around the Interstate 25 and Colo. 392 area.

Monday night, Windsor's town board approved on first reading an ordinance that would place a long list of requirements on the I-25 and Colo. 392 area, also called the Corridor Activity Center or CAC.

These new "enhanced design standards" range from requiring architectural design elements and landscaping to buffer zones between residences and commercial buildings and more.

Area resident Elaine Burrit said she appreciated the enhanced requirements but wished for an 80-foot buffer distance between nonresidential facilities and houses.

"We think established residences deserve equitable treatment," she said.

The new regulations call for buffer zones of 40 to 60 feet between houses and other types of buildings depending on the amount of trees, shrubs and landscaping used to separate the development.

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Windsor Director of Planning Scott Ballstadt told town board members although many residents wanted a larger buffer zone, the new standards require a larger buffer zone than anywhere else in Windsor.

Town board members unanimously approved the changes with the 40- to 60-foot buffers.

"I know these aren't perfect, but I think we shouldn't throw all this work out," said town board member Myles Baker. "This is better than what we had before. … My hope is to maybe work and improve these in the future"

Notably absent from the ordinance and requirements were regulations for auto dealerships, which is what started the whole process in the first place.

For more than a year a stretch of land near the intersection faced the uncertain future of a proposed "Dealin'" Doug Moreland auto dealership. Moreland acquired the 113 acres in 2015.

However, Fort Collins and Windsor had an intergovernmental agreement governing the area that explicitly listed car dealerships as a no-go for that region.

Over the summer Moreland and his business partner stopped their pursuit of the dealership when process of meetings with town officials and residents to possibly change the regulations took too long.

Recently the 113-acre property was listed for a little more that $28 million with Craig Hau, the senior adviser for The Group Inc., who originally brokered the deal for Moreland to acquire the land.

Formed in 2008 as a way to shape that site's future development, the Corridor Activity Center agreement outlined the kinds of uses that Fort Collins and Windsor officials wanted to see and what kinds they wanted to avoid.

Many area residents that heard about the possible dealership didn't want that kind of development close to their homes. They feared light pollution, high traffic and other issues would lower property values.

So Windsor staff and the town board started meeting with residents and Fort Collins staff to find a solution, and eventually developed the enhanced design standards that went before the board Monday night.

Enhanced standards

The complete list of enhanced design standards for the Interstate 25 and Colo. 392 area — the so called the Corridor Activity Center or CAC — can be found online in the Oct. 10 Windsor Town Board Packet online at http://www.mywindsornow.com.