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Government Tracker: Avon council says ‘no go’ on faux shutters

Board: Avon Town Council, Tuesday regular meeting.

The issue: Appeal of an Avon Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny a minor development plan application for 230 and 245 Chapel Place (buildings A and C) for installation of faux shutters and window heads/sills on those buildings,from the company Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate.

Present: Council members Buz Reynolds, Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Rich Carroll, Chris Evans, Dave Dantas and Jake Wolf.

Who they talked to: Local residents, members of the board of directors for Chapel Square Building B Homeowners Association, Eric Heil, town attorney, and Town Manager Virginia Egger.

What they talked about: The homeowners association said it did not like the faux shutters and also the new painting/pattern of the doors on the buildings, and expressed disappointment that the company did not make more effort to discuss those changes. Egger and Heil said the company was aware they were putting up shutters “at their own risk,” and that they had received communication from the company saying they would remove the shutters if found to be out of compliance.

How they voted: 7-0 in favor of denying the appeal.

What’s next? Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate is to remove the changes to 230 and 245 Chapel Place.

The issue: Update on Metcalf Road.

Present: Council members Buz Reynolds, Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Rich Carroll, Chris Evans and Jake Wolf.

Who they talked to: Town Engineer Justin Hildreth.

What they talked about: Wider lanes and the possibility of a bicycle climbing lane for part or all of Metcalf Road. Hildreth said building the entire bike lane, at last estimate, could cost $900,000 or more. Reynolds said the lanes were just too narrow for larger vehicles trying to negotiate the turns on the road.

What’s next? No action was taken at this time, however, “This is really important … we’re seeing a lot of traffic up that road … I look forward to that discussion in the future,” Carroll said.

The issue: Rules and regulations in the West Avon Preserve.

Present: Council members Buz Reynolds, Matt Gennett, Jennie Fancher, Rich Carroll, Chris Evans and Jake Wolf.

Who they talked to: Town Engineer Justin Hildreth.

What they talked about: Avon’s new trails, accessed from the Wildridge neighborhood, have increased people’s attraction to the area, but how can the town cut down on late-night car traffic to and from the trails without discouraging the midnight snowshoer?

Who they talked to: Wildridge residents. Beaver Creek Point resident Lisa Currey said she thinks walking to, from and on the trails at all hours is wonderful, but lately she’s seen tents and campers out there, teenagers in cars and increased traffic from trail users dropping friends off and coming back at night to get their cars. “Their lights shine directly in our houses,” she said.

What’s next? No action was taken at the time, but council members seemed favorable toward enforcing a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. restriction on parking at the Beaver Creek Point trailhead.


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