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MEETING

FEBRUARY 4, 2010

AGENDA

Date:

February 1, 2010

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Clay Benson, Chair

Subject:

Special Meeting February 4, 11:00 a.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of January 21st CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Copper Ridge Conditions Study Consideration for Acceptance – Clay Benson

3.

Copper Ridge at Northgate Urban Renewal Plan Discussion – Clay Benson

4.

Other Matters

5.

Adjournment

MINUTES

On the 4th day of February, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Special session at 107 N. Nevada Avenue, at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

None

Also in attendance:

Lisa Bigelow

Economic Development

Bob Cope

Business Development

Nancy Johnson

Assistant City Manager

Mark Hauschild

Kleinfelder

Anne Ricker

Leleand Consulting Group

Ron Butlin

Downtown Partnership

Rich Laden

Gazette

Gary Erickson

Copper Ridge at Northgate

Bob Louden

Citizen

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Counsel

Mar-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Benson called the meeting to order at 11:02 a.m. and welcomed Authority members and visitors.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Noyes, seconded by Commissioner Venezia, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on January 21, 2010, be adopted as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

Item #2 – Copper Ridge Conditions Study consideration for Acceptance – Clay Benson

Chairman Benson opened up discussion to Authority members. Commissioner Kin stated that he did not have a clear understanding of the alignment of Powers Boulevard. It was explained that the road extension is 4.5 miles long and includes 9 bridges/underpasses. It was also stated that the right-of-way for the roadway extension is available at no charge until 2018, when it will revert back to the developer, Gary Erickson of Northgate Properties, LLC. The alignment design was done by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Commissioner Kin then shared his concerns over the current legislation being considered for Greenfield projects and agriculture zoned land. Jim Rees, CSURA staff, explained that there are provisions in the current legislation that preclude some forms of agriculture land from urban renewal use and other provisions where urban renewal is allowed.

Anne Ricker, Leland Consulting Group, interjected that if the intension is to proceed with the Copper Ridge at Northgate project for economic development then she encouraged Authority members to approve the conditions study per the state statues as written today.

Commissioner Kin suggested that CSURA postpone a decision on the conditions study until the legislative process has been completed. Extensive discussion ensued. Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if the Conditions Study had been amended to 1 condition now that all property owners were in support of the project development. The Conditions Study had not been amended to date. Commissioner Venezia asked if there were interchanges included in other Greenfield projects. Ms. Ricker stated that there were.

Commissioner Harman stated that this was a very difficult decision. She understands both sides of the issue but she still feels the Copper Ridge project area is not blighted, only undeveloped. Commissioner Hente stated that City Council could consider approval of the Conditions Study in place of CSURA. It was then suggested that CSURA defer the decision to City Council due to serious reservations to a Greenfield project. It was clarified that City Council has not formally made a determination on any part of the Copper Ridge project; that needs to happen in a public meeting environment where the public has an opportunity to make comment.

Nancy Johnson, Assistant City Manager, stated that the developer has been working on this project for 2 years. She further stated that the National Retail Study supports the high-end retail and Mr. Erickson has begun negotiating with multiple retailers that fit the criteria in the Study. There is a commitment that includes assurances that the Powers/I-25 connection will be made. Timing is of utmost importance because it is triggered by the site choice of developing within City limits rather than outside.

Commissioner Noyes supported Commissioner Hente’s suggestion to defer to City Council. Nancy Johnson recommended that CSURA staff prepare a summary of Authority discussions to present to City staff for inclusion in the City Council agenda packet of information on Copper Ridge.

Chuck Miller urged Authority members to consider deferring the conditions study and give approval to begin the urban renewal plan.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Wood-Ellis presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1689

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE FINDINGS OF THE COPPER RIDGE AT NORTHGATE CONDITIONS STUDY AS PREPARED BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP PER COLORADO STATE STATUTES AS WRITTEN TO DATE

Discussion followed and Commissioner Wood-Ellis withdrew her original motion. She then made the following motion:

RESOLUTION NO. 1690

THE BOARD OF THE COLORADO SPRINGS URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY ACCEPTS THAT THE FINDINGS SET FORTH IN THE COPPER RIDGE AT NORTHGATE CONDITIONS SURVEY PREPARED BY LELAND CONSULTING GROUP MEETS THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF COLORADO LAW AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN

Commissioner Kin stated that he would not be supporting the motion. His preference is to wait until current legislation has been clarified.

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, THAT:

The Conditions Survey prepared by Leland Consulting Group meets the Colorado Law as currently written and the findings are accepted.

Motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Collins, that Resolution # 1690 be adopted.

Upon a call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Scotte Hente

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

Jim Kin

Dottie Harman

Judy Noyes

John Olson

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Commissioner Hente asked that the CSURA memorandum be direct and summarized and forwarded to City staff by February 12th, so that management staff has an opportunity to review it before being sent to City Council for consideration.

Commissioner Kin stated that he did not have a clear understanding of the role that CSURA will play in this project and has concerns that CSURA staff time would be used to prepare the urban renewal plan. Chuck Miller stated that the urban renewal plan would be paid for by the developer.

Chairman Benson asked for comments from the audience. Mr. Kevin Kratt, Kratt Commercial Properties and developer for University Village Colorado, shared his concerns of competition for retailers between urban renewal developments. He stated that the tax increments from property tax and sales tax within his development were earmarked for bond payments. He felt that another retail project would compete for the retail sales and ultimately could hinder the payment of bonds in his project.

Commissioner Olson requested that retail competition be a part of the list of concerns in the memorandum to City Council.

Item #3 – Copper Ridge at Northgaste Urban Renewal Plan Discussion – Clay Benson

Commissioner Venezia made the following motion:

RESOLUTION NO. 1691

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LELAND CONSULTING GROUP TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE URBAN RENEWAL PLAN FOR THE COPPER RIDGE AT NORTHGATE PROJECT

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, THAT:

Leland Consulting Group is hereby authorized to prepare the Urban Renewal Plan for Copper Ridge at Northgate proposed development area.

Motion was made by Commissioner Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Kin, that Resolution # 1691 be adopted.

Upon a call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Clay Benson

Michael Collins

Scotte Hente

Jim Kin

Rosemarie Venezia

The following voted:

NAYES:

Dottie Harman

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

Item #4 =- Other Matters

There were no other matters to discuss.

Item #5 – Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Collins, to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

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