S’thorne council denies Smith Ranch annexation
SILVERTHORNE The Silverthorne Town Council ended annexation talks with a potential developer of the Smith Ranch Wednesday evening, but the move doesn’t mean the possibility of affordable housing on the land is completely gone.Tim Crane, of the local Compass Homes Development company, had applied to annex the 50-acre ranch located between the Elks Lodge and the Willowbrook housing development in Silverthorne so he could build a 160-unit locals housing neighborhood with a childcare center and a community park.The land is currently zoned for agricultural use in the county.The council rejected Crane’s request on Wednesday to extend his petition for 180 days because the community development department hadn’t seen enough progress on his project since he filed his application last June.Community Development director Mark Leidal said planners had only received one basic sketch plan from Crane in that time period.Council members said that their vote against the petition wasn’t a vote against affordable housing.”Even though I would vote for the resolution rejecting the petition, I would still encourage you to pursue information and conversations with staff if that’s truly the direction you want to go,” Councilmember Kevin McDonald said.Crane was disappointed with the outcome of Wednesday’s unanimous vote.”It’s a wonderful piece of property and clearly I think there are a lot of stakeholders that have a lot of interest in it and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to meet (the town’s) expectations,” Crane said on Thursday.Crane said he would speak to the community development staff about potential next steps, but wasn’t sure whether he would move forward with the project or not. Crane can resubmit his annexation petition at any time, Leidal said.Council annexes Anemone Trail property Also on Wednesday, the council annexed a 1-acre parcel on Anemone Trail on the town’s existing boundary with Dillon to allow the developers of South Maryland Creek Ranch to build six to 11 units of affordable housing.The Town of Silverthorne purchased the land from the Town of Dillon four years ago.South Maryland Creek Ranch developers agreed to develop affordable housing on the land as part of its annexation agreement with the town for its high-end 71-home project north of Silverthorne. They have until December 2008 to complete the affordable housing component. The town council assigned R-15 zoning to the parcel on Wednesday, which allows 15 units per acre.
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