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Westminster Castle Farm--Developer Rezoning hearing January 14!

Save the Farm @Westminster Castle
Westminster, CO, United States

Jan 12, 2020 — 

Are you concerned about the proposed development of the Pillar of Fire (Uplands/Rose Hill/Westminster Castle) Farm? Are you concerned with the current rate of growth in Westminster? Do you believe that the City should serve its residents and protect our neighborhoods? If so, please help us fight to save our beautiful city by joining us on January 14th  at the Westminster City Planning Commission meeting, to oppose the Pillar of Fire (Uplands/Rose Hill/Westminster Castle) Farm development.

Westminster Planning Commission Hearing

January 14, 7 PM

Westminster City Hall

4800 W 92nd Ave, Westminster, CO 80031

Summary of the current situation:

Most of the farmland around the Westminster Castle/Pillar of Fire School is proposed for a massive, 2350 unit, mixed-use development called Uplands by the developer, Oread Capital. The sale is contingent on approval from the City of Westminster and the first public hearing will be on Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. at Westminster City Hall. 
Westminster's Comprehensive Plan is a part of the city zoning code, and any new zoning changes must align with the future use designations prescribed in the plan.
The Westminster Comprehensive Plan is currently being updated to now include the farmland around Westminster Castle as an "Opportunity Area."  Prior to this update, the farmland was nowhere near any of the identified "Five Focus Areas" for development. 
The Uplands project, headed by a former Richmond Homes executive Jeff Handlin who now is President of Oread Capital, involves 5 parcels, among which, the designations of Parcels B and D need to be amended for residence use. Parcel E is a very small Parcel that is now designated Office and is proposed for a Private Park. Parcels A/C do not exclude residence use in current designations.
The January 14 Planning Commission meeting is about the future designation changes of Parcels B/D/E in the city’s comprehensive plan. After the commission recommends the changes and if the City Council okays them, the applications for annexation (a small part of Adams County), rezoning (all 5 parcels), and a Preliminary Development Plan, which have already been filed by the developer with the city, will come before the Commission and the Council at a later date for review and consideration.
The Westminster Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is surrounded by the 5 parcels of farmland (none of the farmland is protected or designated historic), which provide an open view of the castle as well as the Downtown Denver skyline and the mountains.
Parcel A once made up 20% of the original city of Westminster area that was incorporated in 1911 and has been kept "as was." Once this pristine and picturesque land is gone, it will be gone forever.  
The Jan 14 hearing is about 3 of the 5 parcels. The planning department is trying to reduce the number of objections by telling us to only comment on this application instead of objecting to the entire development plan, as the public will have the chance to comment on the entire plan later when that application is up for review. This shows that the city tries to conveniently ignore the fact that the entire batch of paperwork has been officially filed and is in the pipeline, which means that the Jan 14 application is a part of the entire application. 

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