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Carbondale comp plan sent back to P&Z

CARBONDALE, Colorado - The town trustees withheld approval on Tuesday of a set of proposed revisions to the town's comprehensive plan, and sent the plan back to the planning and zoning commission (P&Z) for changes.The comp plan will be back on the trustees' agenda Jan. 22.Consideration of the comp plan, which consumed more than two hours on Tuesday night, revealed that most of the trustees had concerns about the plan, despite a recommendation from the P&Z that it be adopted that night.Among other changes, the trustees want the plan to encourage developers of large parcels to consider carving those parcels up and developing them "piecemeal," as Trustee Frosty Merriott described it."The point is, we want it to be diverse and mixed and not modular," said Trustee Pam Zentmyer."Not Willits," interjected Mayor Stacey Bernot, referring to a large, mixed use development in Basalt.The trustees want future development to continue Carbondale's tradition of "funky" architecture, rather than homogenous, large scale projects where buildings tend to be similar in appearance.Another area of concern at the meeting is the "Downtown North" area at the intersection of Highway 133 and Delores Way, and the commercial and industrial projects along Delores Way toward Satank.Trustee Allyn Harvey said Downtown North follows Carbondale's historic land use pattern, expressed as, "You get across the railroad tracks and it looks a lot different."Planners have viewed that part of town as having potential for development that mirrors the land uses of the historic downtown center, with three-story height restrictions, mixed residential and commercial uses and a higher density than is found in other parts of town.Bernot noted that the comp plan, as it stands now, classifies Downtown North as a light-industrial neighborhood.If that changes, she said, the trustees need to identify areas where light industry can locate.Harvey cited the town's aim to make Highway 133 serve as a gateway. "Maybe the real charm of Carbondale is the rough gateway," he said, referring to the light industry and commercial areas surrounding the historic downtown.Bernot agreed that some might want to keep the highway corridor as it is, rather than trying to "spruce it up." She asked whether that concept should be defined in the comp plan."It needs to be defined somewhere," Harvey responded.Architect Jeff Dickinson, chairman of the P&Z, was directed to see that these and other changes are incorporated into the comp plan before it comes back before the trustees.jcolson@postindependent.com


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