The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.
Item #4 – UCCS Master Plan Presentation – Gary Reynolds, UCCS
Mr. Reynolds, UCCS Facilities Manager, stated that the results of the Master Plan and Strategic Plan Process have been very beneficial and all involved are very excited with the comprehensive results. He further stated that the AECOM consultant team was very professional, efficient, capable and easy to work with.
The results of the planning process have shown that there will be up to 10,000 students on campus for the 2012-13 school year and 15,000 by 2020. The transition from a commuter campus to a residential environment requires the need for additional student amenities. There is a focus on the wide range of student needs and the integration with the opportunities University Village of Colorado has to offer the student population. UCCS is working towards juggling the needs for class room space, faculty offices, open labs and campus amenities needed for both residential students and those taking classes online and/or living off campus.
There has been a tremendous involvement by the community in this Master Plan process; with parking resulting as one of the main issues that needs to be solved. Overall UCCS is very pleased with the results of the process. They have been respectful of the natural environment. The overall results have come from the fruition of the Master Plan Team, Master Plan Committee, Design Review Board, Focus Groups, Public Forums and an Open House Workshop.
A portion of the campus includes a site that was used by Native Americans as a summer camp site for over 10,000 years. UCCS is being respectful of this area as well as the views of the natural landmarks of the region. Their intention is to preserve and enhance the functionality of the natural drainage corridors as well as preserve the native vegetation. The Master Plan includes criteria for being responsible in building in a manner that will minimize the impact to the environment, protects resources and fosters a sense of place.
The linear campus poses problems for placement of residential housing, classrooms and recreational facilities. There is some consideration being given to implementing a spine for shuttle bus, bicycles and pedestrian traffic and not allowing personal vehicles on campus roadways. The new Master Plan provides for a combination of surface and structural parking as well as connections to the regional multi-use trail system.
The new Lane Medical Center is the future academic health sciences building that will be located on North Nevada to the front and off of Central Green and the multi-use spine road. The building will house a medical clinic for seniors and students, along with a nursing program. The first building is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2013/2014. This new facility will be a community amenity and will ultimately offer 1,350 parking spaces.
The eight-year strategic plan calls for a performing arts structure, a sports arena with an ADA accessible high altitude track. This development is proposed for the area directly east of the University Village of Colorado development. Easy access will be available through the use of the multi-use pedestrian tunnel between the UCCS campus and the retail development. The buildings will all be LEED gold standard certified. Additional parking is also included in this planned development. Funding for this future development will be challenging.
Chairman Wood-Ellis asked about the possibility of retail opportunities for generation of additional sales tax TIF on the UCCS campus. As the Plan progresses City staff will be brought into the fold to discuss the possible options for additional retail opportunities on campus.
Item #5 – Copper Ridge Pre-Development Retainer Agreement – Jim Rees and Gary Erickson
Mr. Erickson started off by saying that the residential growth component for this development is quite strong. The retail portion of the development is progressing fairly well. The Bass Pro Shop is expected to be completed within the next year. There is also a hotel and water park entity that has decided to expand from the original plan. There are 12 other companies, ranging from retail to restaurants, interested in being part of the project. Loaf ‘n Jug and Kum ‘n Go are within that mix.
Mr. Erickson reported that the name of the project may change. There is currently a committee studying various options and will make recommendations for a new name.
The purpose of the Pre-Development Retainer Agreement was explained. The Developer will provide funding in an escrow account to cover administration, legal and other costs incurred by CSURA during the negotiation of the Redevelopment Agreement. Should the funding run out, the Developer will be asked to provide additional funding.
There was a minor change requested by the developer to this agreement under Item #5. It was agreed to delete the second sentence in the third paragraph, “Further, completion of an execution ready draft of the Cooperation Agreement will precede development of the Development Agreement.”
Commissioner Shonkwiler requested that there be a review of the access to I-25 from Powers/Northgate. He also requested consideration of high density housing for the Copper Ridge development.
There being no further discussion Commission Raughton presented: