Town council to decide on land proposal

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Parker Town Council will consider a change in plans for property on the town’s southern boundary as nearby homeowners worry about the potential impacts of a proposed project on the land.

The Parker Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Sept. 12, recommending that council approve an amendment to the Stroh Crossing Planned Development that would swap out commercial uses for single-family homes. The property on the northeast corner of South Parker Road and Stroh Road has been marked for development since the early 2000s, and favorable market conditions are prompting the latest request.

The planning commission said the amendment request meets the nine criteria required for recommendation, and pointed out that specific concerns from neighbors can be addressed during future hearings. The PD amendment does not give the go-ahead for construction to take place, but rather sets the stage for such development in the future.

Parker Town Council is scheduled to decide on the land use proposal at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at town hall.

Bill Lundell, president of the Butterfield Homeowners Association, said there are several outstanding points of contention and neighbors’ concerns are not being heard.

“Everyone who lives in Butterfield is not from Parker,” Lundell said, referring to the rural-residential subdivision’s position in unincorporated Douglas County. “They couldn’t care less about us. It’s 80 homes they have no interest in dealing with.”

Butterfield residents are worried about an increase in vehicle traffic on Stroh Road, and are upset because they say an old agreement to designate open space is not being honored. A 2001 annexation agreement between the landowner and the Town of Parker stipulated that an open space parcel be dedicated to the town upon approval of a plat, a document that determines the location of development on the property.

However, a plat was never recorded because the previous project did not go forward, and there are no plans to dedicate that open space to the town with the current proposal. That open space was shown on the town’s master plan map, Lundell said. Another 13-acre parcel of open space will remain if the residential development is approved.

During his comments to the planning commission, Lundell said he tried to “explain that the open space plan in Parker is something they should respect. The people of Parker have come to take open space very seriously.”

Parker Planning Commission Acting Vice Chair Josh Maida said he “understands the concerns from all sides but he believes the annexation agreement amendment, that will have a public hearing and which will be the appropriate place for the concerns to be heard, is the direction for resolution,” according to minutes from the meeting.

Kurt Wolter, who is representing the project on behalf of Trevey Land and Commercial, told the planning commission that single-family housing, with commercial along South Parker Road, is the “best use for the property.” He said meetings have been scheduled with Robinson Ranch and Butterfield homeowners to reach agreements on development concerns.

Lundell acknowledged that the land uses are the “least odious of the other developments (proposed), but it hasn’t addressed all of our concerns.”

Six people spoke against the amendment during the planning commission meeting, including Quinn Hunter, a representative for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, who urged the commission to hold off on voting until an agreement is reached with the property owner regarding mineral rights.

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