Wheat Ridge decision postponed to March
A decision on the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates has been delayed to March 5.
Spencer Woith, one of the developers, wrote to city staff on Jan. 2 asking that the decision be postponed. In a follow-up email on Jan. 8, Woith said it the additional time was needed to address storm water and emergency access plans in the proposal.
Staff recommended to the City Commission during Tuesday’s meeting to grant the developers the time they requested.
The city conducted a public hearing on the Wheat Ridge proposal during a Sept. 18 meeting. At the end of that meeting, commissioners motioned to approve contingent on storm water and emergency access issues being resolved between the developer and city staff.
The motion was amended to postpone to Jan. 15.
At the time, people in the room groaned and signaled displeasure with that distant of a meeting date, but at the time, Planning Director Craig Raymond said it was realistic to give the developers time to complete their plans and staff time to review.
In September, the developers submitted new storm water plans in the days before the hearing, leaving staff no time to review those plans.
So far, no additional information had been submitted to the city on storm water or emergency access, according to staff.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Woith said he expected to have updated plans submitted to city staff in about a week.
No members of the public spoke on the request to postpone the Wheat Ridge decision though several people who spoke during the September hearing were in attendance.
Commissioner Bill Bronson asked why the developers notified the city they needed more time after months had passed since the last meeting.
Woith said the development team was working to provide the information that commissioners had requested in September.
He said he’d had turnover at his engineering company and the staffing shortage put him behind on a number of employees.
Woith said they’ve hired Big Sky Civil and Environmental as a sub-contractor on the project to complete the storm water design.
Commissioners voted 4-1, with Bronson dissenting, to postpone the decision to March 5.