Carousel Farms developers request annexation, homes

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The latest in a series of housing proposals would add 140 homes on the west end of Parker. 

Parker Town Council approved the rezoning and annexation request for Carousel Farms on first reading at a meeting Oct. 7, and is expected to make a final decision during its 7 p.m. Oct. 21 meeting at town hall.

Century Communities is planning to build 140 single-family homes on 40 acres on the north side of Mainstreet, just west of Bradbury Ranch. The three properties that would be developed were owned by separate holding companies. If approved, a portion of the land would be rezoned from agricultural use to residential use.

Carousel Farms, with a proposed housing density of 3.5 dwelling units per acre, would connect via trail to Bradbury Ranch, and a 20- to 25-foot buffer would separate the neighborhoods. A representative for the Bradbury Ranch Homeowners’ Association said the organization would reserve comment on the development until after its Oct. 17 meeting.

A greenbelt proposed as a neighborhood buffer was eliminated and a handful of lot sizes on the eastern side of Carousel Farms were enlarged because of concerns that the greenbelt might become “unmaintained, collect trash and become a safety issue,” according to an engineer’s report.

“Though staff understands the intent of creating an open space buffer between the neighborhoods, we are concerned about the future of this space,” a representative from Peak Civil Consultants said.

Small parks and greenbelts totaling eight acres would dot the subdivision, which will have street names like Wooden Horse Street, Galloper Avenue and Flying Horse Way. Vacant horse stables and equestrian riding arenas occupy the site.

Because a school site is not located within Carousel Farms, a “school mitigation plan” has been included within the annexation contract, according to the neighborhood’s planned development guide. The plan sets a school mitigation fee of $2,523 per dwelling unit and a fee in lieu of a three-acre land dedication for a school site. The fee will be paid at the time of platting and be based upon the number of units.

A community clubhouse would be surrounded by lots measuring at least 4,800 square feet. The maximum building height allowed is 35 feet.

According to public referral comments from the Colorado Historical Society’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, an archaeological study has not been conducted on the land.

“There is the possibility that as yet unidentified cultural resources exist within the proposed impact area,” the society said. “Therefore, in the event there is federal or state involvement, we recommend that a professional survey be conducted to identify any cultural resources in the project area, which are eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”

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