Carbondale discusses how Crystal River Marketplace would impact 133
Carbondale’s Planning and Zoning Commission will take a hard look at how the proposed Crystal River Marketplace will impact Highway 133 in a meeting set for 7 p.m. tonight.Town staff summarized the issues as:-Impacts on Highway 133.-Impacts on the Highway 133 bridge over the Roaring Fork River.-Access points off Highway 133 in the Roaring Fork Co-Op area.-The possibility of traffic signals at Nieslanik Avenue and Industry Place.-Technical issues, such as whether or not to require detention ponds.California developer Brian Huster is proposing the 252,000-square-foot Crystal River Marketplace for 24 acres along Highway 133 north of Main Street.Huster is asking to subdivide the property into nine lots, including space for a 125,000-square-foot retail store, which would increase traffic on Highway 133. The question of how much Huster will have to pay for Highway 133 upgrades is a big issue.”The point of having subdivision regulations is to have a developer pay for their fair share on improvements on town infrastructure, whether it be state Highway 133, the water and sewer system, etc.,” reported town planner Mark Chain. There will be impacts to Highway 133 and the bridge, he said.Chain’s report calls for a four-lane design for Highway 133 from the bridge to Main Street, but does not suggest how much the developer should pay. It also says the staff feels Crystal River Marketplace will have a significant impact on the bridge, and puts a $3 million to $4 million price tag on upgrading the structure to three lanes.”The applicant would pay their share of the bridge improvements, through either traffic improvement fees or their participation in a funding mechanism, if that is set up,” Chain wrote.To get a handle on impacts to Highway 133 and the bridge, the developer has agreed to update an existing traffic study.Tonight’s review is for Crystal River Marketplace’s preliminary plat. The planning commission may approve, deny or approve with conditions the preliminary plat. The applicant may appeal the decision on the preliminary to the Board of Trustees. The trustees ultimately approve or deny a final plat.The southern third of the property is zoned planned community commercial, and the northern two thirds is zoned commercial/ retail/wholesale.Huster must receive subdivision approval in order to sell any or all of the nine lots.The planning commission took its first look at this Crystal River Marketplace plan March 28.The property was annexed into the town in 1979.
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