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Four land owners in the Compark industrial area have filed petitions for annexation into the Town of Parker.
Abmar Grasslands, Charter Communications, Woodspear Prairie Trail and M&P Enterprises have submitted a petition to the town, asking to “please refer the petition and maps to the Town Council as a communication so that the Town Council, may, without undue delay, take appropriate steps to process the annexation.”
A public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. April 16 at Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet.
Annexation of the four lots — which are currently in unincorporated Douglas County — into the town could mean the end of a months-long debate over a proposed trash-transfer facility, which has drawn criticism from the town and residents, claiming property values would decrease, as well as noise, bad smells and interference with air traffic at Centennial Airport.
According to John Fussa, Parker's community development director, if the annexation of the four lots is approved, the adjacent land, owned by Mountain Waste and Recycling, would be annexed along with them. The town would then have the right to enforce their own zoning ordinances.
“This annexation petition incorporates what's known as a majority petition annexation,” said Fussa. “If Parker approves the annexation, then the property owned by the four petitioners would come into the town, and other properties in the defined area would also be annexed into the town, including the two lots that are the subject of the trash transfer application. The town would zone all of this area appropriately and in all likelihood the industrial uses would no longer be permitted where they have been permitted.”
Controversy started in the fall of 2017, after residents found out Mountain Waste and Recycling had filed a site plan application to build Vista South, an enclosed facility that would receive trash and recyclables, sort it, and send it out again in trucks. The proposed site is in unincorporated Douglas County, west of Chambers Road, north of Grasslands Drive and just southeast of Dove Valley Regional Park.
Scott Eden, president of Mountain Waste, had said in a previous interview that they purchased the land specifically to build the facility, and were told by Douglas County it was zoned for that purpose. After more than 150 residents attended a meeting Sept. 6 to protest the development, the Town of Parker became involved.
The town filed a lawsuit against Douglas County in December, claiming they had violated the intergovernmental agreement between the town and the county, that mandates the two entities consult each other on developments that border the town and county. The town claimed the area was not zoned for a trash-transfer facility, and if the county approved the site plan it would be in violation.
In a news release issued Dec. 21 by the Town of Parker, Mayor Mike Waid stated “This is just the wrong place for this type of facility. The town therefore felt it had no choice but to take this action.”
Waid is not able to comment on the current annexation petitions, according to Elise Penington, Parker's communications director.
Resident Mitch Maulik has been a vocal opponent of the facility, and said he thinks annexation is a positive move that will serve the community well.
"It's good for the town. I don't see where there are any negatives for the community," said Maulik. "We've all viewed this as a negative thing, and now I think we can see it as a positive situation that will better suit our community."
Eden has said Vista South is a much needed facility, and would bring recycling to many areas who don't have easy or affordable access to it, and has vowed to pursue the building of Vista South.
“Mountain Waste opposes Parker's proposed annexation of our land, and we will fight it vigorously. No one consulted us on these plans. This is clearly yet another transparent effort by Parker officials and others to deprive Mountain Waste of its due process and property rights,” said Eden.
If the town approves the annexation at the April 16 meeting, the annexation will take place immediately.
Property owners petitioning for annexation did not return calls for comment.
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