New riverfront property gains first approval
SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Town Council gave the initial nod on Wednesday night to a new mixed-use development along the riverfront.Rainbow Run is planned at 820 Blue River Parkway between the Retreat on the Blue condos and an empty town-owned lot.Local Realtor Terry Novak, representing land owner Murphy Meadow LLLP, is proposing 4,000 square feet of commercial space and eight residential units between three buildings – one two-story commercial building along Blue River Parkway, a duplex building in the middle of the lot and a condo building with three two-bedroom units and three three-bedroom units located on the Blue River.Council members were generally amenable to Novak’s plans and unanimously passed his plan at the sketch level. It will still need to gain final approval.One point of discussion revolved around Novak’s request to build a six-foot soft surface recreation path on the back portion of the lot along the river. The town’s code requires the trail be constructed according to its Parks, Trails and Open Spaces master plan, which calls for a 10-foot wide asphalt path. Novak asked the council to consider allowing a soft-surface path to remain consistent with the path at the neighboring Retreat on the Blue, and to provide a section of path where people can walk their dogs or take their kids without having to dodge bicycles. Also, the town doesn’t plan on having an asphalt path completed on that side of the river until 2010 at the earliest, Novak said. Mayor Dave Koop said he would like to see the path paved behind the new development to make some headway toward providing people a way to get around town without getting in their cars.”I don’t view a bike as a recreational toy. I don’t go full Lycra, I actually run errands on a bike. It has to start being viewed as alternative transportation,” he said. “I don’t know when Americans are going to get their heads out of their gas tanks.”The preliminary approval included a condition that the recreation path meet town standards.The developer is also asking CDOT and the town for an easement in order to complete the signaled intersection at Annie Road and Blue River Parkway. Right now, Annie Road dead-ends at the town-owned lot next to the developer’s land. Because there’s a median on Blue River Parkway, drivers coming out of 11 different lots along Blue River Parkway are forced to turn right, then make a U-turn in order to head back into Silverthorne.”The commercial viability and safe access of all of the neighboring lots is greatly enhanced with the stop light access,” Novak wrote in a letter to the town.CDOT said it would consider the proposal, but the process can take six months to a year.New planning commissionersThe Town Council filled two open planning commission seats Wednesday night, tapping Silverthorne residents Michael Orlin and Tanya Shattuck to join the commission, and Russ Camp and Dennis Nemura to serve as alternates.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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