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Eagle P&Z approves zoning for convenience store

Eagle P&Z approves zoning for convenience storeA large change for the West Eagle neighborhood may be in store if the Eagle Town Board sides with the town's Planning and Zoning Commission and green-lights a zoning change to allow construction of a Kum & Go convenience store and gas station at the entry to Eagle Ranch.In a split vote, members of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning change for the project - from residential multi-family to commercial planned unit development - for the 4.6 acre property located on the southwest corner of the U.S. Highway 6/Sylvan Lake Road roundabout. The zone change request will be debated by the Eagle Town Board at its Tuesday, April 23 meeting.Developer Ryan Halder of Kum & Go has proposed a 5,000 square-foot convenience store at the site. Halder has proposed dedication of a 2.5-acre easement on the property to allow public access to Brush Creek. The northwest corner of the property would be landscaped as an entry to Eagle Ranch.While the town board is slated to take up the zoning issue on April 23, the planning commission will begin deliberations for the project's detailed development plan - the document that spells out landscaping, lighting, parking and entryway particulars - next week. Noting that the town board could nix the rezoning and thus kill the development proposal, planning commissioners initially opted to delay their consideration of the project until the town board had acted on the zoning issue. However, publication requirements bumped back the town board hearings and the developer has requested the planning commission proceed with its development permit hearing on April 16.Eagle town staff review for the project recommended denial of the zoning change, saying the proposal does not conform with the town's master plan.In particular, Town Planner Tom Boni questioned the proposed access to the convenience store as well as its gateway location. Boni said the applicant has completed a traffic study for the store entrance, but the town engineer has expressed ongoing concerns about traffic speeds and compatibility in the area."The staff is concerned that the nature of commercial development, particularly as a gas station and convenience store, presents obstacles to the creation of a community gateway to attract and inspire future development and redevelopment," wrote Boni in his recommendation memo.In general, Boni stated that "a better balance of conservation values can typically be achieved with a residential development than a commercial development" for the site.But members of the planning commission did not concur. In a 5-2 vote, they approved the zoning request and sent the matter on to the town board for consideration on April 23.

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