Gypsum proceeds with westward annexation |

Gypsum proceeds with westward annexation

Katie Drucker
Eagle correspondent

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Eagle County commissioners wanted the town of Gypsum to hold off Tuesday night on westward annexation, but the Gypsum council decided to forge ahead, anyway.

On Friday, the Board of Commissioners sent a letter to the Gypsum Town Council requesting a delay in their consideration of an annexation petition involving property west of town. The initial annextation involves 1.25 miles of Highway 6 going west and brings the town of Gypsum to within three miles of a large Dotsero-area property.

But at their Tuesday meeting, council members opted proceed with the annexation. This action marks an initial step toward annexing about 92 acres in the Dotsero area. The overall annexation could be completed in 2010.

“This annexation won’t change anything. We still have a very long time to listen to the county’s concerns,” said Jeff Shroll, Gypsum town manager.

Landowner Steve Miller and project planner Bud Simon have said that this land could have many uses in the future. They cited possible uses including stores, banks, a post office, a gas station, office showrooms and warehouses, as well as light industrial, storage, an RV park, a truck stop, homes and recreational access to the rivers.

“Eagle County is planning on going the industrial route. Annexing this land gives you the ability to capture what you do on this end of the county,” Simon said during a December Gypsum meeting.

In their letter to the town, the commissioners asked Gypsum to hold off on the annexation.

“We fully appreciate the town’s desire to control its destiny and to take into consideration any potential commercial competition that may occur in Dotsero,” the county commissioners wrote. ” …We would hope that you would delay a decision on the annexation until such time that we can meet to further discuss the topic.”

The letter proposed a potential creation of a joint town-county intergovernmental agreement to look at land use, services, infrastructure and sales tax issues.

Eagle County began developing a Community Master Plan for the Dotsero area in 2006. Work is now stalled on that project.

Shroll noted that Gypsum did not pursue this annexation, but rather the landowners came to the town.

“Dotsero property owners are getting restless,” he said.

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