Longmont council to consider reviewing proposed annexation of open space

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Jun. 6—Longmont's city staff is proposing annexation of a 132-acre open space property the city and Boulder jointly own that lies in Weld County, as well as a stretch of Quicksilver Road that's in Boulder County, southeast of Longmont's current city limits.

On Tuesday night, the Longmont City Council is to consider whether to refer the staff's annexation proposal through the same review process that faces private property owners and would-be developers when they seek to become part of the city.

The bulk of the annexation, if the council were to eventually approve it after it goes through that review process, would be what's called the Peschel property, at 10190 Weld County Road 1, east of County Line Road between East Ken Pratt Boulevard and Weld County Road 20.5.

Dan Wolford, Longmont's land program administrator, said in a Friday email that Longmont and Boulder County paid $3,642,375 in 2002 to buy the 132-acre Peschel property and a 9-acre conservation easement to permanently limit future development over part of the property. He said that cost was split 50-50 between Boulder County and Longmont.

The property currently is in a Weld County agricultural zoning category, and city staff has suggested it remain in agricultural zoning if it's annexed.

The Peschel open space is the site of a St. Vrain Greenway trailhead and is a riparian corridor and a wildlife habitat area, Wolford said. He said it is not being leased to anyone and is not in agricultural production.

"At this time the City is not looking at developing the property any further and is only interested in annexing the property," Longmont city civil engineer Doug Gossett wrote last November in a letter to the city's Design Review Committee, one of the panels that would study and report on the annexation proposal if the council refers the idea into the review process. .

Quicksilver Road is south of the St. Vrain River, an east-west road between Boulder County's 119th Street and what Boulder County calls East County Line Road and Weld calls Weld County Road 1. It could connect on its east to the Peshel property.

City staff said in a memo for Tuesday's Council meeting that a 2020 intergovernmental agreement between Longmont and Boulder County stipulated that the city should annex the Peschel property, "as it is in the best interest of the long term management of the property."

Quicksilver Road, which now is a Boulder County road, is included as a "Local Road" on the Envision Longmont comprehensive plan's future land use and transportation system map, city staff noted.Under another pact with Boulder County last year, the city agreed to pursue the annexation of Quicksilver Road.

Gossett wrote the Design Review Committee that "the annexation of Quicksilver Road will provide the city the opportunity to govern the use and classification of Quicksilver Road as a connection for both existing and future developments to access the St Vrain Greenway. The County of Boulder owns a majority of the property to the north and south side of Quicksilver Road. There are property owners on the north side of Quicksilver Road located in unincorporated Boulder County."

Staff noted in its memo to the council that referring an annexation proposal into the review process "does not obligate Council to approve the annexation."

The proposed annexation would be a major development application under Longmont's municipal code, a process that requires a neighborhood meeting, Development Review Committee analysis, a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation, and final decision by City Council on whether to annex. Public hearings on the annexation would be required for Planning and Zoning and Council meetings.

If you watch

What: Longmont City Council regular meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Meetings are being held remotely due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. People can watch the liive stream any of these ways:

Click 'PLAY' on the video link within the interactive agenda on the City's Agenda Management Portal at longmontcolorado.gov/online-services/agendas-and-minutes/agenda-management-portalThe city's YouTube channel at https://Bit.Ly/LongmontyoutubeliveBit.Ly/LongmontyoutubeliveVia the Longmont Public Media website at LongmontPublicMedia.Org/WatchComcast Channels 8 or 880

Agenda: tinyurl.com/t9k72a9h