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Expanding neighborhood may lead to tight auto space

Glenwood Springs City Council gave several approvals Thursday allowing for construction of 33 townhomes in the Cardiff Glen subdivision. However, some Cardiff Glen residents expressed concerns about inadequate parking now at Cardiff Glen, and fears that the new townhomes would make matters worse. Several council members shared those concerns. Council member Dave Merritt said the problem was made worse by council’s recent decision to stop bus service in south Glenwood Springs. Some Cardiff Glen residents are even parking vehicles at the nearby Glenwood Park subdivision, he said. However, Cardiff Glen developer Village Homes is providing 2.4 parking spaces per unit at the townhomes, when common guest parking spots are included. That complies with city requirements. Andrew McGregor, the city’s community development director, said there is little else the city can do but ask the developer to voluntarily provide parking solutions. Tom Stevens, of Village Homes, said the problem is enforcement, which falls on the homeowners association and is difficult when it comes to dealing with improperly parked vehicles on private property. Council member Dan Richardson said he thinks 2.4 spaces per unit is a lot compared to some other projects. But council member Chris McGovern said the average family in Garfield County owns three cars. Council members agreed the parking problems at Cardiff Glen point to a need to review city parking requirements in general. Cardiff Glen was designed to be patterned after Glenwood Springs’ Victorian downtown, with smaller homes and lots and a more pedestrian-oriented neighborhood. However, one planned aspect of the neighborhood – a commercial area within walking distance – failed to materialize. McGregor said plans to build South Bridge across the Roaring Fork River south of town would have brought more traffic to the Cardiff Glen area, but the bridge has yet to be built and the neighborhood alone isn’t big enough to support commercial ventures. As a result, a 16-townhome lot will be built where the commercial development originally was planned. That disappoints Merritt, who sat on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission when Cardiff Glen was first approved. “This was a grand experiment with a small, tight neighborhood,” said Merritt. He expressed regret that the city’s restrictions regarding the subdivision weren’t adequate at the time, allowing for the failures associated with parking and the commercial aspect of the project.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com

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