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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Plans for Target and Lowe’s stores at Glenwood Meadows now hinge upon City Council approval of the commercial development plan.

The two retail giants are a significant part of the blueprint for filling out the property below the red cliffs of Red Mountain.

The plan will be discussed in depth during two special council meetings this week.



The first starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The commercial developer, Miller-Weingarten of Englewood, and the city’s planning staff will give presentations Wednesday on the proposed shopping center.

In all, City Council will consider whether to grant the developer a major development permit with 51 special conditions, as well as a set of 10 variances and special use permits. The Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission in September recommended approval for each part of the plan.



While the public is invited to attend Wednesday’s meeting, comments won’t be accepted until Thursday’s meeting, which also begins at 6 p.m.

“The public will have first crack,” city manager Mike Copp said of Thursday’s meeting. “Obviously we want the public to attend (Wednesday’s meeting), but if they want to speak, they’ll have a chance Thursday at 6 p.m.”

No final decisions on the project are expected during the two meetings.

Copp said either a determination will come at City Council’s next regular meeting on Oct. 16 or, if more discussion is needed, a special meeting could be set for Oct. 23.

In the past, decisions on variances, special use permits and special review uses were final after being approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. But about three months ago, that rule was changed.

Community Development Department director Andrew McGregor said the change was made, in part, to make the appeal process more uniform.

“Now they look at the whole nine yards,” McGregor said of City Council.

During its slate of meetings in August and September, the planning commission spent the most time on the issue of whether Miller-Weingarten would be forced to stick to the condition that mandates it to build second-story apartments above smaller retail stores along its proposed Market Street.

A compromise approved by the planning commission would allow Miller Weingarten to construct the buildings so they would have a two-story look but would actually have one floor of usable space.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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