When Divide Means to Combine! Only in Littleton

If you have been keeping up with the issues surrounding the approval for The Grove then you want to read this.  We have been told, along with the Planning Board and the City Council, that The Grove was approved as a “use by right.”  In other words, no zoning changed was required for the project to go forward and thus no public process was required.  We were told that the applicant met all the requirements of the Subdivision Exemption (Chapter 9 of the Zoning Code).  The Subdivision Exemption has also been challenged – was it appropriately applied in this instance?  You decide.

11-9-1:  Purpose of the Subdivision Exemption Chapter states – “It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to allow the owner or purchaser of land, or agent thereof, to divide such land into not more than two (2) parcels, which meet the requirements of the governing zone district classification, without requiring a subdivision plat.  The most obvious question to ask is what large parcel was subdivided in The Grove project?  The question has been asked a number of times without any satisfactory answer – until now.

The question was finally posed to Michael Penny, our city manager.  Here’s his response.

The Grove project was a combining of parcels and did not result in a division of land into more than two lots.  Any project that requires a plat for the “re-assemblage of parcels” (see Definition of Plat in 11-1-6) would be subject to this process. 

Only recently did the council update the Subdivision Exemption Code to include the combining of parcels……………that was long after the code was violated to approve the Grove for the Subdivision Exemption.

 

 

 

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Letter to Council from Fire Union Saying They “Will Not Sit Back and Watch”

10 July 2017

Council members,

To those of you voting yes in favor of merging our dispatch with SMFR,
thank you!!

To those of you voting no, we are more than disappointed in your decision. Continue reading

City Council Study Session 6.13.2017 – Fire Unification, Smart City and Annual Appropriation

City Council Study Session                   13 June 2017               Citizen Minutes

17-184 Review consideration of the Annual Appropriation Bill for fiscal year Jan. 2017-Dec. 2017.  Tiffany Hooten, Finance Director, recommended that the General Fund be increased by $346,200 for the following. Continue reading

City Council Regular Meeting 6 June 2017. (Fire Dispatch discussed)

City Council Regular Meeting                     Citizen Minutes                June 6, 2017

1,.  Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.

Present – 7 – Members Peggy Cole, Bill Hopping, Jerry Valdes, Bruce Beckman, Doug Clark, Debbie Brinkman and Phil Cernanec.

2.  Approval of Agenda – Agenda approved as presented

Public Comment

Coral Conway promoted Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Alex Wood, an owner of The Boardroom Sports Bar (old Marie Calendar’s restaurant) asked the council for some guidance on how to change the city code to allow off track betting at their facility.  Red and Jerry’s holds the only license south of 6th Ave and west of C470 and they would like to see their license used at The Boardroom.  The owners would like to feature that as well but the city code does not allow off track betting to occur in the same location where alcohol is served.   Continue reading

New Mexico’s City Manager of the Year 2016 – J. J. Murphy

At a study session on April 23, 2017 Bill Hopping mentioned on of his favorite candidates for the city manager position.  Again, at the May 2, 2017 meeting he recited a list of qualifications of a particular candidate that he thought was outstanding.  In his statement he said this person was the New Mexico City Manager of the Year in 2016 so I Googled him and this is a sample of what I found on J. J. Murphy.  Based on these three articles I think we might have dodged a bullet!

2017 J. J. MurphyHobbs should terminate city manager_s contract, pay severance | NMPolitics.net. This is the most interesting article of the three.  Mr. Murphy has some legal problems in Pennsylvania that are unresolved. Continue reading

City Council Study Session – 21 March 2017

City Council Study Session                   21 March 2017                   Citizen Minutes

Unification Update and Presentation from our Fire Partners

Chief Armstrong began the presentation stating that they recognize the challenges that exist with the IGAs (Intergovernmental Agreements) and they will be discussing options to sustain a strong partnership. They see a need for a third party to evaluate, analyze and communicate to get city council’s support to move forward with unification.  One of the fire partners said action needed to be taken in 2017. Continue reading

Reminder – Community Conversation – Historic Preservation Board and Their Impact on Downtown Littleton

Community Conversation                        March 9th              7:00

The Community Conversation for the month of March will feature Mike Price from the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (HPB).  He will be there to provide an overview of what the HPB does, how they impact the development in downtown Littleton, the incentives used to attract members, and their role in approving development projects. Continue reading