Greenwood Village City Council has begun considering a special-use permit and site development plan for a 13.1 acre site just south of The Landmark, which would become a 104-unit townhome development called Landmark Village.
BY JAN WONDRA
A major portion of the Feb. 1 Greenwood Village City Council session was devoted to a presentation and public hearing for consideration of a special-use permit and site development plan for a multi-family housing project. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made to continue the public hearing to Feb. 22.
The project to be known as Landmark Village lies at 5555 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard. The applicant, Century Communities, requires approval prior to closing on the property, which is currently owned by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The 13.1-acre site would contain 104 high-end townhomes and significant public open space. Century Communities is under a tight time frame to obtain council approval to be able to meet the FDIC’s purchase deadline of Feb. 26.
Greenwood Village staff has worked with Century Communities for several months and recommends council approval if the applicant meets 11 conditions, including setbacks, building architecture, street lighting fence setbacks and porch sizes. The maximum grade height of 55 feet, specified by the city’s master development plan, is designated to accommodate differences in grade across the site.
“We’ve been here 14 years, we’re a local builder and the leading builder of townhomes in Colorado,” said Mike Cooper representing Century Communities, which is also building Caley Ponds in Greenwood Village. “There are 23 buildings on the site and 10 unique building styles, representing five different floor plans. All are unique to this site with different square footages and price ranges. This is a first for us. Front porches are in different places—the front, sides or back—depending upon where the green spaces are. We have strategically located them where it makes sense for that plan and that site.”
Eleven conditions are considered to be an unprecedented number of conditions for the Village to approve such a site plan.
“This is an unprecedented number of conditions for such a tight timeframe for us to approve,” said Councilwoman Leslie Schluter. “It makes it difficult for us, although we have great trust in staff, but it’s not taking place in a public review like this.”
“They are very minor in relation to the project,” said Cooper. “We’ve agreed to all of them.”
The site is currently zoned for town center development, one of the few areas of Greenwood Village that allows for more urban density. The applicant would still need to come back to council with construction drawings for the final plat, which would take several more months.
“We’re at zoning and land use stage only, this is not a deficiency in the plan,” said director of city planning, Heather Vidlock. “Typically we wouldn’t get to the detail being discussed until we are at the platting stage.”
Century Communities has good reason to believe that FDIC will extend no further extensions to the purchase timeframe, given the current strong economic situation. Since the public hearing was continued, all those wishing to comment on the project can do so at the Feb. 22 council session.
City Council adopted resolutions appointing or reappointing several new commission members to city boards.
Henny Lasley has been appointed to represent District 1 on the Planning & Zoning Commission. Stephen Goldman has been reappointed to the Greenwood Village Planning and Zoning Commission. Alberta Buckman has been reappointed to the Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council and Seanna Mulligan was reappointed to the Greenwood Village Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Dr. Judith Helton was appointed to the Greenwood Village Public Art Commission.
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