Eagle River Station faces vote Wednesday
EAGLE –After three years of hearings, Eagle’s controversial Eagle River Station project may be headed to a final town board vote Wednesday night.
The Eagle Town Board is expected to close the public hearing and begin deliberations on the project Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.
Eagle River Station is a commercial/residential project proposed by developer Trinity/RED Eagle on an 88-acre tract located on the eastern end of town, south of Interstate 70. The plan includes 552,000 square feet of commercial space including a 132,000 square foot Target that would anchor the development. Eagle River Station also calls for 581 residential units and a 150-room hotel.
The proposal has inched its way through the town’s approval process for the past three years and is now poised for a final town board decision accepting or rejecting the development. But that town board vote likely doesn’t represent the final word about Eagle River Station’s future.
If the town board approves the plan, members have indicated they want to condition the approval on a successful citizen referendum. Timing of such an election is now at issue.
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By state law, special elections can be held on any Tuesday decided by the town, but no special election can be held within the 90 days preceding a regular election. A special election also must be held no less than 60 days and not more than 150 days after the town board approves the motion to call for a vote.
If members approve the Eagle River Station development plan and its various assorted resolutions and ordinances Wednesday night, the special election could be called on Jan. 5. There are no other possible dates because after Jan. 5, all dates fall within the 90-day period before the regular town board election.
April 6 is the date of Eagle’s regular town board election. Voters will elect three new trustees. Incumbent Stephen Richards is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. The seats currently held by Mikel Kerst and Scot Hunn will be up for election.
An Eagle River Station referendum decision after Nov. 4 would require the election happen during the regular town board election.
The town board will discuss the election timing as part of Wednesday night’s Eagle River Station deliberations.