A lack of signs declaring an upcoming Planning Commission meeting means the first test of a proposed 88th and Lowell Boulevard development will wait until Dec. 17. The Westminster Planning Commission …
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A lack of signs declaring an upcoming Planning Commission meeting means the first test of a proposed 88th and Lowell Boulevard development will wait until Dec. 17.
The Westminster Planning Commission was scheduled to review developer Oread Capital's plan to allow greater density on two parcels that would make up part of their Uplands Development at a Dec. 10 public hearing.
City Senior Planner Patrick Caldwell said the meeting was postponed to make sure the commission's agenda had ample public notice. The city mailed notice of the meeting to residents that would be affected by Planning Commission decisions and posted a notice in the Westminster Window on Nov. 28.
City rules require the city to post signs on all the properties being discussed at least ten days before the meeting. Caldwell said signs were not posted on all the properties in time, so the city pushed the meeting back seven days.
Development group Oread Capital is advancing the Uplands plan to develop the farmland between 84th and 88th avenues and Federal and Lowell Boulevards, land owned by the Pillar of Fire Church, as well as parcels east of Federal and on both sides of Bradburn Drive west of Lowell.
As a first test of their proposal, the developers are asking to rezone a vacant parcel west of Lowell Boulevard on either side of Bradburn Drive. The current zoning their allows three housing units per acre. The zoning request would allow five.
They also hope to change zoning on a vacant parcel east of Federal Boulevard and south of 84th from office to allow up to eight housing units per acre. They would also designate a one-acre parcel at 88th and Zuni to make it open space. It's currently zoned for office uses.
Oread's plan calls for converting the large open space surrounding the church into a massive mixed-use development, with housing options ranging from single-family homes to apartments and townhomes as well as parks and commercial areas.
It would combine parcels on either side of Federal Boulevard, including the crop land between 88th and 84th immediately north of the church.
The development would surround the church on three sides and would include the apple orchards immediately to the west of Lowell Boulevard and south of 84th.
The project would take several years to complete, ultimately having room for 2,350 dwelling units in the development in a mix of housing types.
It would require annexing about three acres of unincorporated Adams County into Westminster and then zoning and comprehensive plan amendments. It would ultimately have to be approved by the City Council.
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