The Parker Town Council unanimously approved a motion to annex a portion of land at Parker Road and Stroh Road during its Aug. 20 meeting. The annexation agreement is preliminary to the town's plans …
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The Parker Town Council unanimously approved a motion to annex a portion of land at Parker Road and Stroh Road during its Aug. 20 meeting.
The annexation agreement is preliminary to the town's plans to develop the area into a town center surrounding the Stroh and Parker intersection. The annexed area is 14.7 acres on the southeast corner of the intersection. The property is known as Parker Pointe and will consist of Modified Commercial and Open Space zoning designations.
The project narrative, posted on the town's website, parkeronline.org, reports that two of the 15 lots are going to be mixed-use buildings, such as fast food, hotel, day care, convenience store or auto service. The properties surrounding the other three corners of the intersection are all currently zoned for Modified Commercial.
The planning commission's report stated this development is in response to growth in the town. The town's master plan reports Parker is at a disadvantage to attract retail business, being located between the Park Meadows and Southlands malls. Parker is a town that draws much of its revenue from sales tax.
“We're dedicated to having a thriving business community because that's what allows us to have everything else,” Mayor Mike Waid said.
Infrastructure construction can begin by this year, according to Paul Workman, the town's senior planner.
The town council typically makes the decision whether or not to allow a property owner to annex into the town, based on what the developer plans to do with the land.
The south end of the property will be designated as 1.04 acres of open space to preserve the floodplain and the Preble's jumping mouse, an endangered species.
The annexation approval followed a lengthy public comment period, when some residents brought up concerns about the ensuing treatment of wildlife that inhabit the area.
Residents asked town council how it plans to deal with the wildlife, like prairie dogs, pronghorns and the jumping mouse on the annexed property. Some requested the council reconsider its plans to preserve the space and its wildlife, while others were concerned about the way the prairie dogs would be disposed.
In response, the Parker Town Council said the treatment of the prairie dogs, once the plan moved forward, would be, by state law, in the hands of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has concluded prairie dogs are not an endangered or threatened species. The department reported the species needs to be better managed in the state, and encouraged avoiding the need to list them as endangered or threatened.
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