How Much More Density Can We Take a Mineral and Santa Fe? Looks Like It is Coming

 
If you’re concerned about congestion at Mineral and Santa Fe and protection of South Platte Park, you’ll be interested in this.
Here is tangible evidence of developers wanting to develop Mineral and Santa Fe environs to look like LoDo.
 
The following link is from the City of Littleton’s website.  It has drawings from an upcoming concept plan that would do that.
The fifth frame has architectural renderings of the high-density concept plan design.

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Low Income Housing in the Heart of Downtown Littleton – Right or Wrong?

Below is a report from Deanna Cook who is leading a group of citizens opposed to the granting of $12,000,000 of tax credits to Summit to build a low income housing project in downtown Littleton.  Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) attended the city council study session to explain their process for awarding tax credits to developers to build low-income housing.  During the course of the meeting Doug Clark, who had looked into the rezoning history of the property made a startling revelation…….was the property rezoned illegally?  Sure looks like it.  Oh, the legacy of Michael Penny………..  Please read.
From Deanna Cook – Thank all of you who attended last night’s City Council Study Session with CHFA.  For those of you who didn’t make it, I strongly encourage you to view the one-hour video on the City’s website.  It is highly informational – and highly concerning.  (http://littleton.ompnetwork.org/shows/city-council-study-session-01242017?iframe_mode=true
 
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Community Conversation Thursday, October 13, 2016

Community Conversation this Thursday night – October 13 at the Connections Room, 6520 S Broadway.  Doors open at 6:45 and meeting is 7:00- 8:30 pm.

Many times the community only sees the tip of the iceberg with new development projects in Littleton.  What has the developer done to get his project in front of the Planning Commission and the City Council?  What role does staff play in the process?  Do the citizens of Littleton play a part in the process?
Jocelyn Mills, Littleton’s Director of Community Development, will be the guest speaker to talk about the zoning process from a developer’s point of view.  What does a developer have to do to get a building permit?  What is a “use by right” and how is the process different from a rezoning requirement?

Arapahoe County Wins on Ag Land Dispute –

Arapahoe County was sued by the City of Littleton on the inclusion of agricultural land in the Santa Fe Urban Renewal Plan.  Judge Pratt issued his ruling in favor of Arapahoe County.  To read his decision follow the link.

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Circus is in Town! Contributed by a Reader

This is part of the $1.2 million dollar “Wayfinding” project.

 

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CORA Request – Wonder What You Get When You Make A Request? Take A Look!

This post includes over 400 pages of emails I rec’d as the result of a CORA request. There are several duplicates of emails as a result of the trail from beginning to end is included. You might find it easier to view from the bottom up since that is the order in which they were sent. I have tried to make it easier for you by providing page numbers and the topic of the emails.  The link will open the file with all the emails and the page listing below will help you get where you want to go quicker.

Brzeczek – emails FINAL

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Council to Receive Training to Learn How To Get Along – $6,000 + Price Tag!

Follow link to see what this is all about.  Second link takes you to statement of cost from presenter.

Council Training – John Nalbandian March 2016

From John Nalbandian March 2016

Council Considers Survey for Tax Question – How Do We Get Voters to Say Yes?

Council considers a survey to seek support for tax increase this November????  Follow the link to see an email from Mayor Bruce Beckman responding to a draft of the proposed survey.

City Suing County – To Be Heard in District Court on Jan. 22, 2016 – In Littleton

The City of Littleton is suing Corban Sakdol, Arapahoe County 
Assessor, over the makeup of the city s Santa Fe Urban Renewal Area.

In 2010 the state legislature put strict limitations on blighting 
agricultural land and including that land in urban renewal areas 
because of what the legislature considered to be abuses of urban renewal by 
cities in Colorado. The Santa Fe Urban Renewal Plan includes a
substantial amount of agricultural land, mainly south of Mineral 
between Santa Fe Drive and the South Platte River – the so called 
Ensor property. The assessor has determined, as required by state law, 
that the inclusion of the agricultural land in the urban renewal 
plan does not conform to state law. The city of Littleton is suing Corban 
Sakdol to overturn his decision. That trial starts at 8:45 AM this 
Friday, Jan 22, 2016, at 1790 W Littleton Blvd., court C-1.

The Ensor property sprang into the news last October 2015 when the 
Villager Newspaper ran a story quoting council member Debbie
Brinkman as saying a Wal-Mart and Sam s Club were coming to 
Littleton on that property. The City Council created the Santa Fe 
Urban Renewal Plan in November 2014 in order to provide incentives for the 
development of the Ensor property, and the City Manager
announced 2 weeks ago the property was under contract to a 
developer. This trial will determine whether that property can 
remain in the urban renewal plan and therefore receive millions in incentives 
through urban renewal.

WalMart and Sam’s Club – Are They Coming? Meeting on Jan. 7th with Debbie Brinkman to Discuss Possibility – 6PM

A meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7th at 6PM in the Community Room at City Center to discuss the Ensor property and any future development on this property.  Council member Brinkman will be in attendance.