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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Town Briefs: Proposed Enterprise Zone Additions Questioned

Berthoud Recorder Staff

Berthoud resident Dorian Ryan questioned the benefits of the Town expanding its enterprise zone during public comments she made at the Tuesday, May 26 Board of Trustees meeting.

Ryan said research she had done showed that enterprise zones take money from state and municipal funds while doing little to improve job prospects for residents. She also questioned the manner in which the Town Board began the process of adding additional properties to the existing zone, which she said was done without an opportunity for citizen participation and comment.

During the board discussion of the matter, Town Administrator Jim White said that since the board originally gave the go-ahead to pursue the addition of several properties to the enterprise zone at the intersection of Hwys. 56 and 287, there have been three other requests for additions. White suggested that the Town get further information about the enterprise zone expansion.
    
Mayor Pro-Tem David Gregg said he would like to hear a report from the Berthoud Economic Resource Team subcommittee, which initiated the effort, at a future meeting. Trustee Michael Patrick said it would be advisable to have a good description of each of the properties being considered as additions.

The board is planning to discuss the issue again at the June 16 meeting.

Wolf Annexation, Zoning Approved
The Board of Trustees has approved the annexation and rezoning of 2.4 acres of property owned by Randy and Jessica Wolf. The couple operates Bow Wow Meow Fairy Tail Villa, a dog grooming salon and boarding service at the North First Street location.

The Wolfs requested commercial zoning and annexation for the property to build a home on the eastern portion of it.

While speaking at the public hearing on the request, Randy Wolf said no more than 10 dogs are boarded at the facility and that they are closely monitored to contain noise levels. “Our operation is more structured toward a bed and breakfast for dogs,” he said.
    
The planning and zoning commission previously recommended approval of the annexation into the Town and rezoning to C2, which is general commercial.

Appointments to Parks Board
Sara Wright, Karen Gavin and Don Zook were appointed to the Town Parks and Open Space Board at the May 26 board meeting. Five citizens and two Town liaisons make up the advisory board.
    
The Planning and Zoning Commission also has an opening on its board with the recent resignation of member Brian Anderson, who said he is moving from the area.

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