City Council voted on the following items during a regular business meeting on Monday, July 1. Council members in attendance were Mayor Marc Williams; Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Zenzinger, District 1; Councilman Mark McGoff, District 2; Councilwoman Shelley Cook, District 3; Councilman Bob Dyer, District 4; Councilmen At-Large Bob Fifer and Don Allard.
Council unanimously approved a development incentive agreement with franchisee and developer Breads of the World to begin the process of building a Panera Bread bakery-café at W. 64th Avenue and Yank Street.
The incentive agreement is a sales tax shareback between the developer and city to assist with several challenges at the site, including soil issues and slopes.
Breads of the World is responsible for all of the upfront costs and the city will use half of its portion of the sales tax from the site, or 1.5 percent, to reimburse Breads of the World for $205,000 or for up to seven years.
The agreement also requires construction begin by March 1, 2014 and the café be open by Sept. 1, 2014 or Breads of the World will be penalized $100 per day late.
With the agreement passing 7-0, Breads of the World can now begin the development process by submitting plans to the city.
With a vote of 7-0, City Council reappointed three members to the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities. Tim Geisler, Gregory Tan and Shannon Voirol were reappointed to the Arts Council each for a three-year term and will serve through April 30, 2016.
Council unanimously passed the annexation of land into the city of Arvada and the rezoning of the land from Jefferson County agricultural to city of Arvada planned unit development — residential for the Enclave at Maple Ridge, 13451 W. 64th Ave.
Council approved the Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for the neighborhood with a vote of 6-1 with Dyer voting against.
The PDP proposed 24 single-family homes to be built on a 4.5 space. Residents expressed concerns about the loss of trees and the setback of the homes in relation to the existing neighborhood.
Council passed the plans with the condition that the builder be responsible to replace the trees with trees of the same size and make right any other damage done as well as move the setback of four homes by five feet each to maintain the current residents’ privacy.
Dyer voted against the plans because the PDP proposed two cul-de-sacs for the neighborhood that enter from W. 64th Place for one and from Coors Street for the other and do not meet at any point.
“I’m voting against this motion primarily because I’m concerned that it’s turned into two neighborhoods instead of one,” Dyer said.
The next City Council meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.