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Public hearing set for a two-acre annexation north of town

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By John Colson

Sopris Sun Staff Writer

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Carbondale’s overall size may grow by two acres in the coming months, as the Board of Trustees considers a proposal to annex vacant land along Highway 133, between the Xcel power substation and the Roaring Fork Tire Center at the north end of town.

In a presentation to the trustees on Feb. 14, planning consultant Mark Chain described the intended use of the property as a site for a large mini-storage facility.

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After hearing Chain’s presentation, the trustees agreed that the proposed annexation met the requirements of state annexation regulations, and set the matter for a public hearing on March 28 at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

This would be the first annexation to the town in six years, since the town annexed the Gateway Park property in 2011, according to Town Manager Jay Harrington.

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The facility, Chain told the trustees, would offer “modern storage” services, including some units that would be climate-controlled, and would have an on-site office comprising about 1,200 square feet of space.

The plan does not include an on-site apartment for a manager, Chain told the trustees.

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In addition to the business activities that would come with the project, Chain said the proponents, a pair of limited partnerships named Huntington, LP and 133 Limited Partnership out of New Jersey, have offered to create a connection to the nearby Rio Grande Trail that would wind around the back (western and northern) side of the property to join the highway at a point between the Huntington parcel and the tire center.

Town attorney Mark Hamilton noted that, by setting the public hearing date for the annexation proposal, the trustees are not under any obligation to approve the annexation or the mini-storage project, which would need to be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as by the trustees at future town meetings.

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Trustees Ben Bohmfalk and Heather Henry, at different times during Tuesdays meeting, both said they had “lots of questions” about issues connected to the annexation, but both indicated they would wait until later hearings to pose those questions.

In other action on Tuesday, the trustees:

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• Agreed to continued exploration of the Space to Create program, proposed by Carbondale Arts in conjunction with state officials, which aims to find ways to develop affordable working and living facilities for local artists, artisans and others covered by the term “creatives” in line with Carbondale’s designation as a Creative District;

• Voted to hire Roaring Fork Engineering, of Carbondale, to perform engineering work for the town;

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• Reappointed Julia Farwell and Jason White as full-time members of the Environmental Board, and Matt Gwost as an alternate;

• Approved license renewals for the Wine Time liquor store and White House Pizza, as well as marijuana business license renewals for Crystal River Retail Cultivation, and the Black Dog retail and cultivation businesses, and a “modification of premises” permit for RX Green, a medical and retail marijuana infused product business.

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• Approved special-event liquor licenses for a Ducks Unlimited fundraising event at The Orchard on March 4; a special-event liquor license for the Green Is The New Black fashion show to benefit the Carbondale Arts organization, on March 10-11 at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center (CRCC);

• Approved Phase 2 of the Thompson Park development project, which will involve construction of 16 multifamily homes, including three affordable-housing units;

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• Authorized a grant application to the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District, to pay for installation of LED lights at the Third Street Center and the CRCC, estimated to cost $25,000.

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Published in The Sopris Sun on Feb. 16, 2017.