Petition drive sends Haymeadow proposal to referendum
Eagle’s voters will make the ultimate decision regarding Haymeadow — the 837-unit residential development proposed at the 660-acre parcel located just south of the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink property.
Last week the town received petitions containing 373 signatures calling for a citizen referendum for Haymeadow. Eagle Town Clerk Sarah Braucht has certified that 310 of the signatures were valid, exceeding threshold of 214 valid signatures required to refer the issue to a municipal election. The Eagle Town Board approved the Haymeadow proposal in a 6-1 vote on March 25.
Abrika Properties — a partnership of Ric Newman and Alan Cohen — has proposed Haymeadow as a residential unit development including single family, duplex and multi-family units. The plan includes 385 acres of natural open space, developed parks and trail corridors along with a new school site, the construction of the Brush Creek bypass, a long envisioned connection from Brush Creek Road to U.S. Highway 6. The negotiated deal for that road connection is that it will be built five years after construction at Haymeadow starts, or at the 300-unit threshold, whichever comes first.
With the referendum petitions submitted, the Eagle Town Board will have some decisions to make at its next meeting, scheduled Tuesday, May 13:
By statute when a vote of the board is challenged by petition, the board must consider reversing their challenged decision.
If they opt not to reverse the decision, board members must set a date for the referendum election. That date must be no less than 60 days and not more than 145 days from the time the clerk’s certification of the petition signatures. The Eagle town staff has proposed a July 1 election, which is the earliest date allowed.
Eagle Town Attorney Ed Sands is developing ballot question language, which must be approved by the town board.
The town board can direct staff to plan a mail in ballot election or a polling place election. The town has allocated money in its 2014 for a Haymeadow election.
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