Eagle Town Board to debate Trinity Recycling permit, Village Market proposal
Two issues that promise to generate plenty of public comment will be up for discussion before the Eagle Town Board next week.
The first is the amended special use permit for Trinity Recycling. The second is the major development permit for the proposed Village Market grocery store at Eagle Ranch.
Both issues will be up for debate at the next regularly schedule Eagle Town Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The session begins at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.
Trinity Recycling is located in a large commercial building in a west Eagle neighborhood. Owner Josh Thompson needed a special use permit to open the shop and over time, operations at the metal recycling center grew to the point they no longer complied with the activities allowed under that permit. At that point the town became involved and recommended that Thompson seek an amendment to his special use permit to allow limited outside storage, operation of a metal baling machine and a collection trailer on site.
When Thompson appeared before the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission for the permit hearing, a large contingent of his neighbors showed up to voice concerns about the overall operation. Town staff noted the Trinity Recycling facility isn’t compatible with the neighborhood in the long term and the planning commission recommended denial of the special use permit amendment.
During a hearing before the Eagle Town Board on Jan. 29, Thompson noted that he opened Trinity Recycling more than three years ago and quickly the operation became a victim of its own success. Thompson said he initially thought he’d have no trouble conducting business within the parameters of a special use permit that regulated noise and operations at the site. However, as demand for the service grew, he acknowledged that he stepped over those lines.
“We have really caused heartache with our neighbors,” he told the town board. “As much as I want to build up a business, I don’t want to ruin anyone’s neighborhood.”
After listening to neighbors’ concerns at the planning commission meeting, Thompson hosted a pizza party at Trinity and invited everyone in the neighborhood to drop by and share their concerns. He noted the issues raised during the session came down to two main topics — noise and safety.
On the safety side, Thompson instituted some immediate changes. He posted no parking signs where his property fronts Castle Drive and he told his semi drivers that they needed to call ahead before they arrive at the site so business personnel can clear the area and minimize safety concerns.
The noise issue is a tougher fix and ultimately, the Thompsons came to the decision that their business just isn’t right for the neighborhood.
“We realized the ultimate solution is us finding an industrial location,” he said.
To that end, Thompson has listed the property for sale.
Impressed by his work with neighbors, the town board voted to allow the special use amendment. But at their meeting Feb. 13, a contingent of neighborhood residents came forward to protest that decision. Town board members then agreed to reopen the Trinity hearing at their Feb. 24 meeting.
Village Market has proposed building a 15,000 square foot grocery store at the southeastern corner of Sylvan Lake Road and Capitol Street.
During the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission review of the proposal, several neighbors brought forward parking and other concerns regarding the store. The proposal also requested two variances — one for a wider curb cut to allow delivery trucks and another for a delivery dock. The area where the store is proposed is zoned for commercial operations and the planning commission recommended approval of the permit.
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