Westside Crossing Preliminary Plan Approved, Arbor Day Proclaimed at City Council Meeting

Burgdorf City Council held an ordinary meeting on Tuesday, March 22. The first item on the agenda was the celebration of Arbor Day which is an annual event for the city of Burgdorf. The city has been recognized as a Tree City USA community for 39 years. This year, the celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. The Tree Advisory Committee, city staff and volunteers will install a tree at Waggener Farm Park that day as part of the Arbor Day celebration. In addition, a short presentation covering the history of Arbor Day will take place before the tree planting. The event is open to the public. An Arbor Day Poster Contest is for students in grades 3-5 to use their imagination and creativity to develop a poster that reflects the importance of Arbor Day and what makes trees so special. More information can be found at [email protected]/.

The next item on the agenda was Ordinance 1303 – Modification of chapter 17 of the Municipal Code of Burgdorf relating to parking on public property.

The following changes will be made to the municipal code.

  • Section 17.20-2 is amended to provide the Neighborhood Service Officer with the authority to resolve parking issues that do not comply with traffic pattern regulations.

Code as adopted. Vehicles parked on the street facing oncoming traffic, blocking crosswalks, or too close to an intersection/fire hydrant are some examples of regulations contained in

the traffic code model. In addition, the proposed wording would address the parking of vehicles and vehicles with attached trailers that exceed a specified overall length.

  • Article 17.20-2.5 is added to prohibit overnight parking of utility vehicles on public property in residential neighborhoods. The definition of utility vehicle is specifically defined in the added code section so as not to prohibit small utility vehicles (vans, light trucks, etc.) which are common in neighborhoods. Typical examples of affected vehicles would be vehicles bearing a distributed plate, having a GVWR of 16,001 or more and used commercially on public roads, vehicles with 16 or more passengers (school buses excluded), vehicles designed to transport other motor vehicles and vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.

This ordinance will help preserve the safety and quality of life of the inhabitants of the municipality of Burgdorf.

The ordinance was approved unanimously.

Adoption of the 2021 International Fire Code by reference: The Burgdorf Fire District, which provides fire protection services to the city and surrounding areas, has proposed to adopt the new 2021 International Fire Code with reference to all of its jurisdictions (Larimer and Boulder County) . The Burgdorf fire district approved the new 2021 International Fire Code in November last year. Key amendments include exempting single-family homes from being fully

sprinkled, and also using Colorado state fireworks requirements. The International Code Council updates this code every 2-3 years, and a copy of the 2021 Fire Code is available at City Hall for reference. A vote to hold a public hearing was unanimous and the hearing will be set for April 26.

Jake McMillan, acting as agent for Westside Crossing, submitted a preliminary flat request. The proposed preliminary land consists of 40 townhouse lots, 18 duplexes, 5 commercial lots, 5 subdivisions and a future commercial lot. This property is located on the northeast corner of Highway 287, Mountain Avenue and Meadowlark Drive.

In March and April of last year, the Planning Commission and City Council approved the Westside Crossing Zoning and Neighborhood Master Plan with a number of recommendations and conditions:

The Preliminary Plat submitted encompasses all recommendations and conditions,

The preliminary flat has no density or layout changes other than an increase in buffer zone, open space, and park area.

The factors and powers for approving a preliminary plan are limited to ensuring that the plan meets the neighborhood master plan, development code standards and engineering regulations.

Staff recommends approval concluding that it satisfies Section 30-6-107 B, with the following conditions:

Rapid flash beacons on Highway 56 are needed with the development of the

commercial batches.

The north duplexes remain one storey high.

Berms are included on the west side between Highway 287 and the development.

An easement for Gateway signage will be dedicated at the southwest corner of the development.

And the following recommendations:

Recommendation for a noise study for the south-west esplanade.

Recommendation for further road safety study at Meadowlark Drive and Tundra Avenue.

The Preliminary Course was approved unanimously.

Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. with one agenda item, a discussion on metropolitan districts.

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