County won’t challenge Rifle city annex |

County won’t challenge Rifle city annex

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Garfield County commissioners accepted a report earlier this week that signifies the county won’t challenge a move by the city of Rifle to annex 57 acres from the county into the city.

Rifle city officials submitted an annexation report to Garfield County planning and building officials earlier this month about a proposal to annex the 57-acre parcel west of the city.

A county report submitted to commissioners said the proposed development for the land ” called the Queen’s Row subdivision ” is “anticipated to consist of light industrial development with a small area of medium density residential development, including approximately 18 industrial lots and two multi-family lots.”

Water and sewer systems will be extended to accommodate the proposed development and existing electric, gas and telephone services will be provided by the city’s current utilities, the county staff report said.

“It is the staff’s opinion this annexation will have little to no impacts on Garfield County,” the report said. “Further, considering the increasing demand for appropriately equipped and located industrial parcels within Garfield County, it is the staff’s opinion that this is a much needed development.”

County staff suggested the Garfield County commissioners accept the report, which they did in a unanimous vote.

Rifle city officials will contact the county on any future development that might occur on the property, said David Pesnichak, senior planner for the Garfield County Building and Planning Department.

Rifle Mayor Keith Lambert signed a resolution, which was approved by the city council on Oct. 15, that found a petition from Hubbard Gulch Development ” the company behind the Queen’s Row subdivision ” to have the 57 acre property annexed into the city was in “substantial compliance with state statutes.”

Officials with Hubbard Gulch Development are expected to appear before the Rifle City Council on Dec. 3 about the proposed annexation on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers at Rifle City Hall, 202 Railroad Ave.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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