Annexation of Thompson Park goes before Carbondale trustees
CARBONDALE, Colorado – A proposed annexation and zoning for a new housing development, which could include the dedication of the historic Thompson house to the town of Carbondale, goes to the town’s board of trustees tonight.Carbondale Planning & Zoning Commission, on a 5-2 vote in April, recommended denial of the proposal to annex 10.2 acres of what’s now a small section of unincorporated Garfield County, known as the “county island.” The annexation area involves three separate parcels, situated along Highway 133 just north of River Valley Ranch.The proposal calls for rezoning the site to accommodate between 45 and 85 residential units.In its recommendation for denial, P&Z did not feel that the proposal met the criteria for annexation.However, developer Frieda Wallison said she wanted the town board to have the final say. “We think this project is too important to just abandon,” she said at the time of the P&Z decision. “It’s in the geographic center of Carbondale, and would provide important infill development for the town with a diversity of housing.”A key provision of the annexation request would be the proposed dedication of the historic Thompson house, built by homesteader Myron Thompson around the turn of the 20th century, to the town for a museum. The dedication is intended to satisfy part or all of the applicant’s open space requirements.Earlier this year, members of the Thompson family had also asked that the town take ownership of the furnishings inside the house for tax purposes. Instead, the Mount Sopris Historical Society agreed to the request.Questions for the town trustees to consider will include how to maintain the property if the dedication is accepted. The applicant has suggested establishing a real estate transfer tax on new homes in the Thompson Park development to help cover the expenses.Tonight’s meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave. The Thompson Park public hearing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. The meeting will also be televised live on Carbondale cable Channel firstname.lastname@example.org
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