February 11, 2011

Planning commission OKs Shaffers Crossing development

RV storage lot is eliminated

By Barbara Ford

The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday night approved the controversial Shaffers Crossing West development — minus an RV storage area — and the plan now moves on to the county commissioners.

A revised plan that includes homes, commercial buildings and camping sites passed on a 6-2 vote. The county commissioners will review the proposal at 8 a.m. March 1 at 100 Jefferson Parkway in Golden.

Planning commission member Amy Attwood, who cast one of the dissenting votes, voiced concern over the numerous changes required to make the plan work.

“I just feel that it’s gotten out of control (and) things have changed,” Atwood said. “I’m really concerned about the floodplain.”

Commissioners approved the project with several changes, including removal of all RV storage, removal of camping sites from a designated floodplain area, and the reduction of housing density from two homes per acre to one home per 2 acres.

Doug Reed of Fine Line Consulting presented the revised proposal, with the biggest change being the removal of the RV storage area. The storage area was replaced with camping sites.

The meeting was a continuation of the Feb. 2 meeting to allow the applicant to address concerns raised with camping sites in the middle of a floodplain; commercial use; RV storage; possible interference with wetlands; residential density; and the visual impact of the project from U.S. 285.

Chairman Shirley Johnson, who voted in favor of the development, said the revised plan was more in keeping with the community plan to keep the view along U.S. 285 unmarred.

“This is coming a long way … and this takes care of a lot of the visual impacts,” Johnson said.

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