Re-1 one step closer to North Face purchase |

Re-1 one step closer to North Face purchase

The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District moved forward in its efforts to acquire the North Face property Tuesday night, when the Carbondale Board of Trustees voted to amend the zoning to allow schools and housing.

The deal is not done, however.

The zoning amendment change is contingent on the school district and town hammering out an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) covering the district’s financial responsibilities as contained in the property’s original annexation agreement, said Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig after the meeting.

One of those areas of responsibility includes funding for upgrades to the intersection of Highway 133 and Meadowood.

“We have questions of what’s fair and equitable … but there’s good will on both sides,” Hassig said.

Hassig said the trustees will discuss the IGA at the next work session on July 2 and with the school board July 10.

The 25-acre North Face property is located on Highway 133, just south of the Carbondale fire station. The school district has the property under contract and officials won’t reveal the price, but it is listed for $5.95 million.

The school district hasn’t drafted a development plan for the North Face property but has said it wants to include housing for school district employees.

In May, school board member Robin Garvik told the Carbondale trustees that development may be five to 10 years away.

In other trustee business Tuesday night, representatives from the Carbondale Clay Center made a courtesy call. They told the board about plans to put a modular unit on the property to use as an artist’s studio.

Hassig said such a use is allowed under current zoning codes, and the town has no architectural review powers.

And a zone text amendment for a commercial parcel in Cowen Center was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission due to a flaw in the legal notice sent to area residents.

Hassig said the notice was sent to residents within 300 feet of the proposed commercial and residential project. Instead, it should have been sent to residents within 300 feet of the entire Cowen Center subdivision’s boundaries.

The applicants are Michael and Julie Kennedy.

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