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A comprehensive site plan for the church annex at the northeast end of Yuma was approved by the Yuma City Council last week at its regular meeting.

The subject property is the parcel between N. Detroit Ave. and Indian Hills Golf Club. The city bought the property a few years ago, then sold it last year to Yuma Development, LLC, a limited liability company formed by Carlson and Associates.
The site plan, showing the potential for 241 residential lots of various sizes, as well as an industrial area at the south end by the railway tracks, was presented to council by Kent Carlson and Scott Carlson of Carlson and Associates.
They gave information about themselves, saying the family had operated a dairy farm a long time ago and had been involved in real estate development in the Denver metro area since 1964. They said they appreciated the opportunity to work with the Yuma community.
They explained that there had been a delay in submitting the site plan because they were focusing on the industrial part near the railway, but are now moving forward with the residential development. The housing development would be a mix of housing types and sizes. They said they would also seek to sell land to individuals to build their own homes.
The plan includes 20 lots of 200 by 100 that would run along the golf course. There are 38 lots 75 by 110 at the north end, the middle has 85 lots 65 by 100 and 98 lots towards the west side measuring 45 by 100. The plan includes a park in the middle of the development.
The Carlsons told the council that they plan to start with the smaller lots for modules and tiny houses in a bid to help people buy a first home.
The timeline is still up in the air. The Carlsons said they were working on signage and developing a website to kick off the marketing effort. They said they needed to see the scale of the need through marketing, then they would reduce prices and come back to the board with the first phase.
They emphasized that they wanted the development to be a community project.
The board approved the site plan on a 6-0 vote. Mayor Ron Swehla, pro-tem mayor Marc Shay and council members Tim McClung, Terri Frame, Jerome Benish and Marylu Smith-Dischner were in attendance. Councilman Dan Baucke was absent.