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MEETING

MARCH 27, 2013

AGENDA

Date:

March 21, 2013

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

David Neville, Chair

Subject:

Regular Meeting, March 27, 11:00 a.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave., Second Floor

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Agenda:

1.

Approval of February 27, 2013 CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of February 28, 2013

3.

2013 CSURA Audit Report – Carrie Bartow

4.

Design Guidelines Revision to Gold Hill Mesa – Bob Willard

5.

North Nevada Design Guidelines – Jana McKenzie

6.

Other Matters

7.

CSURA/City Office Space Lease

8.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2013

On the 27th day of March, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Regular Session at 107 N. Nevada Avenue, at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

ABSENT:

Judy Noyes

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

Also in attendance:

Steve Tuck

City Land Development Review

Connie Perry

City Land Development Review

Ryan Terfertiller

City Land Development Review

Bob Willard

Gold Hill Mesa

Barry Briton

Gold Hill Mesa

Jana McKenzie

Logan Simpson Design

Carrie Bartow

CliftonLarsonAllen, CPA

John Peters

Citizen

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Neville called the meeting to order at 11:09 a.m.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Chairman Neville noted that “Commissioner” needed to be added in the text of the minutes for Commissioners Palermo and Shonkwiler. Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Palermo that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on February 27, 2013 be adopted as corrected. The motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report as of March 31, 2013

Ms. Carrie Bartow, CliftonLarsonAllen CPA, presented the income and expenditure financial statement for February 2013. She reported that the total sales tax collected for North Nevada at the end of December was $246,728.20, approximately 16% over the same date in 2012. She stated that currently there has not been enough sales tax received to meet the base on Ivywild. Commissioner Raughton asked if the tax on the major equipment purchased in the Ivywild project has been realized. Ms. Bartow stated that we did not know what the numbers included. Jim Rees would check with the project developer to see if the use tax had been paid. Commissioner Raughton asked if in the future there be a notation explaining the negative net number for the year. There being no further discussion Commissioner Raughton presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 1782

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE INCOME AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2013

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

The income and expenditures of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority for the period ending February 28, 2013 are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Raughton, seconded by Commissioner Collins that Resolution #1782 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – 2013 CSURA Audit Report– Carrie Bartow, CliftonLarsonAllen, CPA

Ms. Bartow reported that the 2012 CSURA Audit Report was delivered to the City on the March 15th deadline. Carrie summarized the report and pointed out changes in the format and some wording changes that were required by Governmental Accounting terms. The independent audit firm of Dazzio & Plutt, LLC did the audit and found no discrepancies. Hardcopies of the audit report were distributed to Authority members.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Collins presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 1783

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2012 CSURA AUDIT CONDUCTED BY THE INDEPENDENT AUDIT FIRM OF DAZZIO AND PLUTT, LLC

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

The 2012 annual audit for the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority conducted by the independent firm of Dazzio and Plutt, LLC is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Raughton that Resolution #1783 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #4 - Design Guidelines Revision to Gold Hill Mesa – Bob Willard

Jim Rees gave a short background on the GHM residential styles currently being built in the Gold Hill Mesa project area. Mr. Willard is requesting to add an additional style for consideration. Information on the Prairie style design was presented along with handouts. Characteristics of this type of design are linear/horizontal form, two stories with one story wings or porches, with a combination of wood, stucco, stone and brick exterior treatments. Commissioners Raughton and Shonkwiler asked if the design guidelines were implemented by CSURA, City Planning or on the behalf of the developer. Commissioners Raughton and Shonkwiler stated that they would like to give the developer space to make decisions concerning architectural design. Barry Britton, GHM project manager, explained that they (the developer) have a review board that makes recommendations on designs and are very studious about what designs are accepted. Jim Rees explained the process currently in place stating that it is not restrictive to the developer. The developer has self imposed the architectural design standards. Ryan Tefertiller explained City Planning review parameters. Mr. Willard reported that the current count on occupied residential ownership in the project area is 170. The largest source of customers is people downsizing and moving into smaller houses and townhomes.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Collins presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 1784

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2012 CSURA AUDIT CONDUCTED BY THE INDEPENDENT AUDIT FIRM OF DAZZIO AND PLUTT, LLC

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

The newly introduced Prairie Style residential design for construction in the Gold Hill Mesa project site is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Collins, seconded by Commissioner Raughton that Resolution #1784 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #5 – North Nevada Design Guidelines – Jana McKenzie

Commissioner Neville recused himself from this item and stepped outside the meeting room. Jim Rees gave a short summary of the process to date and explained that there are three partners involved in the effort to update the North Nevada Master Plan and complete design guidelines - University Village developers, UCCS and CSURA. The public meeting process has been followed with public notifications and meetings with property and business owners and the collecting of input from all involved in the process. Making buildings interesting with high quality materials, implementing amenities for pedestrians, continue streetscapes and landscaping currently in place are key criteria. Steve Tuck, City Land Development and Review, explained that the reasoning for updating the North Nevada Avenue Master Plan and Design Guideline document was to make it a permanent document that could be used on an advisory basis when development plans were being reviewed by City staff. It was stated that CSURA is not a regulatory agency and therefore is not able to enforce development standards. The control point is handled through approval of plans by City staffers, using the guideline documents adopted by City Council and City Planning.

Commissioner Shonkwiler suggested that signage for pedestrians should be added to the guidelines; a way-finding attribute. Commissioner Raughton made reference to increasing density for the district and asked if there were any restrictions for such. Ms. McKenzie stated there was nothing that would prohibit higher density with vertical mixed-use buildings. Commissioner Collins suggested changes concerning integrating landscaping that would help to break up black top or huge building space with internal landscaping.

Connie Perry, City Landscape Architect, suggested landscape detail be incorporated into the master plan so that it can be used as a review factor on the part of the City. The same could be said for the Ivywild URA as well. Commissioner Raughton suggested landscaping guidelines for parking structures and also encouraged retail wrap space in the parking structure design. Ms. McKenzie stated that the suggested changes will be made and the document will be brought back for consideration in April.

Item #6 - Other Matters:

Sunshine Law – CSURA meeting agendas will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date and will be displayed in the public bulletin board just outside the City Clerk’s Office in the lobby of the City Administration Building located at 30 S. Nevada Avenue. All regularly scheduled CSURA meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month unless otherwise posted.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Raughton presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 1785

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE POSTING OF CSURA MEETING NOTICES ON THE CITY CLERK’S BULLETIN BOARD IN THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND THAT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED

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

A resolution stating that CSURA meeting notices will be posted outside the City Clerk’s office in the City Administration Building and that CSURA regular monthly meeting will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Raughton, seconded by Commissioner Hente that Resolution #1785 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Scott Hente

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Robert Shonkwiler

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Chairman Neville then presented the outgoing Authority members with letters and tokens of appreciation for their dedication to the Urban Renewal Authority throughout their terms on the board and a round of applause was initiated.

Item #7 - Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Shonkwiler, seconded by Commissioner Palermo to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

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