Parker Town Council rejects idea of reconsidering annexation

Posted 6/11/18

The Parker Town Council denied the motion to reconsider its decision to annex four parcels of land in the Compark area June 11, essentially ending the monthslong battle between the town and Vista …

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Parker Town Council rejects idea of reconsidering annexation

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The Parker Town Council denied the motion to reconsider its decision to annex four parcels of land in the Compark area June 11, essentially ending the monthslong battle between the town and Vista South, the trash-transfer facility that was previously zoned to be built in that area.

Council voted unanimously to deny the petition for reconsideration filed by Vista South in April.

On April 16, the council unanimously approved the annexation of Abmar Grasslands, Charter Communications, Woodspear Prairie Trail and M and P Enterprises. The decision came after some residents voiced their disapproval last year of the trash-transfer facility being built in the area.

The annexation involuntarily included the Vista South land.

Six Parker residents spoke in favor of the denial during the June 11 meeting, mostly citing the overall interest in the town's aesthetic.

Vista South founder and CEO Scott Eden spoke before the Parker Town Council a week earlier, further expressing his disappointment in the council's actions to prevent his waste collecting and recycling company from being built in the Compark area.

The hearing was meant for Vista South to provide more evidence to supplement a petition the company filed for the town to reconsider the annexation of the surrounding properties where Vista South would be built.

Vista South filed for a petition to be annexed into the City of Centennial, an attempt that Eden said was the last option to “keep our project alive." That attempt failed.

In a statement, Eden cited Colorado's need for such a facility, the state's lack of recycling initiative and the town's failure to consider the property rights of business owners.

“Who's the next lawful property owner to become a victim of Parker? Why do you think it's important to pick winners and losers?” Eden said. “Parker has weaponized annexation to take land-use rights away.”

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