BY JAN WONDRA
In an Oct. 2 session that ended after 11 p.m., Greenwood Village City Council moved to continue its deliberation on the proposed Century Communities project, Landmark Village, to Oct. 16.
The decision was due to the lateness of the hour and the complexity of the four-part decision, which includes whether to approve the preliminary plat, a special-use permit and site-development plan, and a subdivision improvement agreement with Century Land Holdings. In the absence of a subarea plan, the council’s decision would be based on its interpretation of the city’s Master Development Plan and the Comprehensive Plan.
If approved, the proposed 13.1-acre site located at 5555 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., east of Quebec Street and south of Berry Avenue and zoned “town center,” would add 37 single-family detached homes and 152 single-family (townhome-style) attached homes. All would be high-end for-sale residences selling from $800,000 to $1.2 million.
The proposed 14.4-units-per-acre project would cover 23 percent of the site in buildings and include a 1.07-acre central park. The proposal devotes 29 percent to parking and 48 percent to open space, both exceeding city minimums.
The location has been a community lightening rod. In 2007, the council approved the European Village, a lower-rise residential element of the Landmark plan, but economic conditions sidelined that project. The lot has been vacant since the original office structures were demolished in 2008.
In 2012, a special-use permit process was approved, allowing for residential use. The recent Orchard Station Subarea plan for the area, which would have included mixed-use space and high-rises, went down to overwhelming voter defeat in June.
Public comments during this week’s hearing indicated continued divisiveness, although it became clear that residents did not necessarily agree on how to interpret the voters’ decision this summer. Some seem to think it was a vote against density, others said traffic, and others thought it was simply a vote against the subarea plan. More than a few thought it was a vote against allowing any further residential to be built.
“They are requesting increasing the number of residences in the city by 3 percent, and this is not satisfying. This has ripped the city apart,” resident Randy Davis told the council.
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