Meadows moves forward, come hell or high water |

Meadows moves forward, come hell or high water

Notwithstanding the recent wildfire that raged through its future site, the developer of Glenwood Meadows and the city are set to forge ahead with annexation proceedings. The rezoning and annexation of Wulfsohn Ranch will be considered by the Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday, getting the area beneath the recently burned face of Red Mountain ready for commercial and residential development. The first step for Glenwood Meadows on Thursday’s council agenda calls for a discussion of the proposed annexation agreement between the city and developer Robert Macgregor. The next steps are to consider annexation of the 345-acre parcel and change the land’s zoning to allow commercial and residential development.The Glenwood Meadows development will divide the 345-acre Wulfsohn Ranch into 72 acres for commercial, office and hotel uses, 55 acres for residential neighborhoods and 215 acres for open space and parks.The new zoning will allow 490,000 square feet of commercial and office space and 475 apartments, townhouses and single-family homes.City Council approved the zoning plan in February, implementing 49 of the 51 preannexation conditions suggested by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.Also on the agenda:-The fate of this year’s July 4 fireworks display in Glenwood Springs, normally held at Two Rivers Park, is in the hands of City Council. Council will look at the fire danger related with the display and decide whether to cancel it. -The price schedule for the city’s new broadband service could be established Thursday. Although the ordinance revealing the city’s suggested price wasn’t yet drafted by Tuesday afternoon, assistant city attorney Karl Hanlon said it will be available in time for the meeting. -The owners of Four Mile Ranch have also requested that their land be annexed into the city. Council will determine whether the 132-acre parcel, located off Four Mile Road, is in substantial compliance with city statutes so the process can move forward. -Council will consider approving a major development permit for a three-story mixed-use building at 7th and Grand, in the former location of Ski and Sport Swap and Charm School Boutique. Developer Douglas King is also seeking a design variance for metal awnings.-A new contract between Glenwood Springs police and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for the jailing of inmates will be considered by council. -Council will consider a preannexation agreement to deliver water and sewer service to Glenwood Caverns, as well as allowing an easement across city property for the tramway. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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