No gas station, but town will consider commercial use for west Eagle site
A month after a series of contentious hearings rejected plans for a gas station/convenience store on land bordering the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout on the west end of town, members of the Eagle Town Board signaled they would be willing to consider other commercial or residential uses at the parcel.
Dominic Mauriello of Mauriello Planning Group, the representative for the Eagle Ranch Lot Investors LLC, has continued to work with the town to define the property’s zoning and possible future uses after the July 9 vote rejecting an application from Kum and Go. In rejecting the proposal, the town board noted the gas station/convenience store’s close proximity to the water intake for Eagle’s planned lower basin water treatment plant. Board members said the proposed use was not compatible with the town’s water system expansion plans.
Tuesday night, the town board gave initial approval for a zoning change from residential multi-family to planned unit development. The request that would allow up to 15,000 square feet of commercial development, residential development or mixed use development on the 4.6 acre site. The PUD development plan will now go to the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration and the actual PUD zone change will be advertised and a public hearing will be held Sept. 24.
There is no specific project currently proposed on the site following the Kum and Go denial but the PUD zoning would allow various commercial uses, including retail stores, a restaurant, office space, child care and more. Specific use proposals would come as part of the development permit process mandated by the town.
As the zoning issue continues its way through the Eagle process, various issues will be tackled including a proposal from the developer to dedicate 1.5 acres along Brush Creek to the town as open space.
With the project now set for a zoning review process, Mayor Yuri Kostick said he was dissatisfied with how the town has handled the file overall.
“I am not satisfied with the way the process went for this applicant. It was way too long and too expensive,” said Kostick.
In other action the Eagle Town Board:
Discussed the second quarter sales tax report. The report shows sales tax revenues were up 6.1 percent during the second quarter following a 7.5 gain during the first quarter.
Received the 2012 audit which showed the town’s finance in good worker order.
Appointed Town Manager Jon Stavney as town treasurer and Sarah Braucht as town clerk.