Drive-through, debris flows dominate council agenda
The decision on whether to allow a WestStar Bank drive-through at 1901 Grand Ave., near Safeway, could be made Thursday by the Glenwood Springs City Council. At the Aug. 1 meeting, the council added conditions to a special use permit for a drive-through bank in response to three neighbors, who appealed aspects of the project.But the council’s final decision on whether to grant WestStar Bank a major development permit was continued. The bank already agreed to nine conditions, including installing a gate or chain to close the drive-through lane at the “throat” of the drive-through, turning off all lights by 10 p.m., and building an eight-foot masonry wall to separate the properties.During the last meeting, there was some disagreement about where exactly the throat of the drive-through is and where the eight-foot wall should be placed. Bank officials want the wall to be placed on the property line that divides the developable land and the Park Drive neighborhood. Neighbors, however, have written letters to support a five-foot setback, so the wall doesn’t cause excessive shade to creep into their yards. Another concern voiced by neighbors was inclusion of a two-way access through the bank parking lot.Bank officials said if two-way access is not allowed into the bank parking lot, they will scrap the project. They also warned that if the current plan is scrapped, they might build a larger building closer to neighbors’ homes. Also on the agenda:-A 5 p.m. work session will deal with the Glenwood Meadows debris flow basin. -The public hearing on the proposed Hicks annexation of property at 2550 Highway 82 will be continued to Sept. 19 to allow the applicant time to submit a revised development plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission. -A hearing will be held to consider the dissolution of the General Improvement District No. 1980. Its tasks have been taken over by the Downtown Development Authority. Council will also consider an ordinance appropriating funds for a study to solve parking problems in the downtown area. -There will be a discussion about creating a debris flow mitigation district.
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