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Avon City Council will consider subdivision application for development on Post Boulevard

A 3D rendering of the proposed new subdivision, designed by TAB Associates, from the perspective of Eaglebend Drive. The application for the neighborhood envisions the creation of 24 townhouses just west of Post Boulevard.
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Avon City Council is due to consider a new subdivision application for a parcel of land west of Post Boulevard on Tuesday evening. The application contemplates the creation of 24 townhouse lots on the site as well as the purchase of another apartment in Avon to meet city employee mitigation requirements.

Council will consider the subdivision application, also known as McGrady Acres, and its employee mitigation plan at its Tuesday, March 8, city council meeting. The public hearing is a follow-up to the Feb. 8 meeting, where council members said they did not have enough information to approve the subdivision at that time.

The app

McGrady Acres would be located on a parcel of land bordered by the Eaglebend Subdivision to the west, Post Boulevard to the east, the Union Pacific Railroad to the north, and the Eagle River to the south. The application would combine two existing property lots that are both currently owned by Eagle River Homes.

The application contemplates the creation of 24 townhouse lots, common driveways and common green space.

Avon municipal code requires that subdivision applications also include a Park Land Use. Based on the codified calculation, the McGrady Acres subdivision should dedicate 0.57 acres of land or offer cash in lieu of dedication.

The application proposes to dedicate two parcels for development for a total of 0.26 acres and a payment of $334,000.

In Matt Pielsticker’s report, the city’s director of planning, on the request, he wrote, “Cash In Lieu would enhance nearby public properties such as Eaglebend Pocket Park, which needs upgrading.

Connectivity issues

McGrady Acres would be located on a parcel of land bordered by the Eaglebend Subdivision to the west, Post Boulevard to the east, the Union Pacific Railroad to the north, and Eagle River to the south.
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As the new subdivision would share a physical boundary with the existing Eaglebend cul-de-sac, existing owners have expressed concerns about connectivity. In several letters included in the file of the municipal council of March 8Eaglebend residents showed a preference for allowing pedestrian, but not vehicular, traffic between new and existing neighborhoods.

“The neighbors would all like to see a condition written now, or later in the subdivision approval documents, that no road access would ever be allowed from the existing cul-de-sac throughout the development,” said Eaglebend resident Roger Wilkinson at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Andrea McMillen, speaking as the applicant and developer of the development, said the plan had been approved with split rail fencing, which would allow visual connectivity and pedestrian connection between the two neighborhoods, but not traffic. vehicles. Additionally, this connection would be vital if a bus stop were created on Post Boulevard outside the new development.

On Tuesday, council members are expected to review that application, including the proposed site design, connectivity, landscaping as well as the development’s overall compatibility with its surrounding areas and more. In the staff recommendations for approval, a number of conditions are listed. This includes final utility checks, park dedication items, pedestrian easements to connect Eaglebend Drive to Post Boulevard, and more.

Employee mitigation

As with all new multi-family projects at Avon, the developer must also include an employee mitigation plan. As defined by Avon municipal codethis can be achieved with the creation of employee housing mitigation units, deeds limiting existing housing units, replacement fees and more.

Based on the code, the new development is to alleviate for 1.3 employees. The owner offered to purchase a one-bedroom unit of 750 square feet or more to meet these mitigation requirements.

At the February meeting, some city council members expressed that their preference for employee mitigation is the creation of new units, rather than the purchase of an existing unit.

“We’re placing deed restrictions on existing inventory to keep it affordable in the market, but new inventory is even better because we’re adding new inventory — and we need it,” Underwood said. “We need both.”

At the meeting, McMillen said the owners would look at the numbers and see if anything could be worked out.

“We just want to make sure we’re providing a home that can be suitable for employees,” McMillen said.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in person and in line. Discussions around McGrady’s Acres are scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.