Broomfield continues with planned town square development through September – Boulder Daily Camera
Broomfield City Council pursued a resolution for the development of the Town Square Planned Unit and Amendments to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan for a land use map amendment until September 13 at the meeting on Tuesday evening after nearly five hours of discussion.
The Broomfield Town Square Alliance, LLC has submitted a Development Application for a PUD and Land Use Amendment in anticipation of the development of a Town Square Activity Center for Broomfield, with the intent of a mixed-use and mixed-amenity gathering space around a square and an enlarged lake, according to the resolution note.
The current application covers 39 acres and includes up to 818 residential units and 187,000 square feet of commercial development, which could include retail, restaurants, offices, entertainment and civic uses. A part of the residential units, about 100, should be subject to an age limit.
The first phase of the development would include at least 500 units and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail space, as well as the expanded lake, a plaza and associated public amenities.
This development took over a decade to create a “downtown-like” area in Broomfield. The property is currently owned by the City and County and is located northeast of Main Street and West 120th Avenue.
There were lengthy discussions between council members, staff and candidates ahead of the vote, as well as public comment on concerns such as whether the expanded lake was necessary for development, parking issues and perhaps too much designated residential space.
Many questions remained unanswered, as City and County Executive Jennifer Hoffman said PUD approval and then reviewing the site development plan will allow for more specific details. This left many board members on the fence about certain aspects of the project in its current state, which led to continuing to give staff and developers more time to find more concrete answers to staff questions.
A big topic of discussion was the concerns about the library, which is located near this development project. Many council members were concerned about this PUD hindering the expansion of the library.
A representative of the developers said that this plan should not impede any expansion and leave room for the library to grow if decided in the future, and is not necessarily relevant to PUD approval. . However, Mayor Guyleen Castriotta said part of the standards for reviewing the proposal includes identifying and mitigating any potential negative impacts on neighboring properties, other areas of the city and the city as a whole. whole.
Council member James Marsh-Holschen added a condition of approval that “no building permits will be issued for buildings on Lot 6 until vertical construction commences on one or more structures containing commercial uses. on each of lots 2, 3, 10.1 and 10.2 because these lots are shown on the modified PUD plan of May 24, “to ensure that commercial development would be appropriate with residential. This condition was voted unanimously.
The city is also considering an accompanying application for a site development plan for the property, which will be presented at a public hearing later this year.
This PUD increases the proposed residential area in the existing redevelopment and repayment agreement, approved in 2019, by more than 125%.
Under the current agreement, Broomfield could be responsible for up to $74 million in direct contribution in revenue sharing and incentives, including land donations, according to the memo.
No specific date has been announced for the public hearing on the SDP. Hoffman noted that staff would seek a date before September for the PUD vote and would announce at next week’s board meeting whether it would be moved.
You can find more information on the development plan website, located on Broomfield Voice.