MONUMENT • After months of discussions and two appearances before the Monument Planning Commission and Board of Directors, The Village at Jackson Creek received approval last week for its preliminary site plan and rezoning.
Trustees voted to approve the preliminary plan for the planned development site and rezoning of the village at Jackson Creek on April 5 at City Hall.
After being denied approval by the planning commission in January, the developer was brought before the board after amending the plan to allay concerns raised by the planning commission. The council voted to send the plan back to the commission at that time for further review of the revisions.
Jackson Creek Village is described as a live, work and play community to be built west of Jackson Creek Parkway, across from Jackson Creek Senior Living, east of Interstate 25 and north of Landmark Marketplace. The concept for the development includes improved roads and streetscapes, community gathering space, a library, Class A multi-family and seniors housing, restaurants, retail and employment.
In March, the Planning Commission approved the site plan and rezoning with conditions regarding its 35-foot setback from Jackson Creek Pkwy and building height limits for the development approaching the boardwalk.
Town developer Debbie Flynn recapped the project and its history to monument councils since January and outlined the terms under which the planning commission approved the site plan and rezoning. Brett Bhenke of Creekside Developers returned to the board to re-present the project and address the terms.
Bhenke noted that Jackson Creek Parkway is classified as a major sewer, and for Regency Park zoning code, the setback from a major sewer should be 20 feet. This is the case of the Monument Marketplace and the rezoning of land to the north along the promenade. Instead of building heights, the plan has already adjusted its maximum building height from the 90ft limit to 50, also similar to developments and rezoning around it.
“Why is there a different standard imposed on The Village at Jackson Creek?” said Bhenke. “Imposing a different standard on this project could put us at a disadvantage compared to these other sites.
“I don’t think we have a clear reasoning from the planning commission as to why they felt this particular case required separate guidance.”
Administrator Mitch LaKind asked if the terms set by the planning commission were legally binding. Flynn replied that these were recommendations to the board, but that the board was not bound by the conditions set.
“I would be right to say that these terms are more restrictive than what our code allows,” City Manager Mike Foreman said.
Mayor Don Wilson said the situation could be part of the learning curve for a newly appointed planning commission. He said the commission needs to understand that it can propose policy changes to the city’s board and staff. “We can look at that, but you can’t force it on an individual builder or an individual developer,” he said.
The preliminary site plan and rezoning for the Village of Jackson Creek was approved without council opposition or public input.
In other cases, administrators heard an order to approve the final course for the Monument Industrial Park. Development is planned west of I-25, east of Old Denver Road, and north of Baptist Road, and is within the permitted use of Regency Park zoning.
The Monument Industrial Park is planned on nearly 13.4 acres, of which 9.6 are for a warehouse distribution center and the remainder would include a retention pond. The planning commission had approved the final dish by voting 7-0.
Andrea Barlow of NES Inc. was on hand to talk about the development and noted that the build height of the warehouse would be 40 feet, more or less. The board approved the order 6-0, with trustee Jim Romanello marked as an abstainer due to a connectivity issue on the virtual platform.
Foreman also informed the board that there had been a leadership change within the planning department and that planning director Larry Manning was no longer with the city of Monument. A replacement has not been announced.