Commissioners give green light for Green Acres

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The Gardens at Green Acres may soon be “the place to be” for anyone looking for new housing in the northeastern Golden area.

The 54-acre development, located on the east side of McIntyre Street around 50th Avenue, received county approval last week to be subdivided into 150 single-family lots.

A preliminary plat for the property was actually approved by the Jeffco Planning Commission in 2009, but county planners determined that they needed to reroute McIntyre roughly 60 feet to the east, onto the Green Acres property, before curving back to the initial alignment.

“You need to snake through the improvements (to the west) that are there, I understand,” District 3 Commissioner Donald Rosier said.

The new housing project will have two access points from McIntyre.

“I live in that area, and I know traffic on McIntyre is heavy,” District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said, expressing concern about the impact on traffic.

The county’s case manager for the project, Sean Madden, agreed about the conditions along McIntyre and said that was one of the reasons staff was recommending approval of the Green Acres project was to ensure there would be future space to widen and improve the road.

Green Acres land had previously been used as a nursery, but a recent state decision meant the owners could no longer use underground well water for irrigatation. Instead, the owners proposed a housing development, with larger homes and lower densities on the north and eastern side, and housiing density gradualy increasing to the southwest.

“The gradation allows the property to blend into the surrounding communities,” project consultant Doug Reed told the Board of County Commissioners at its March 19 meeting.

As another complication to the project, the state of Colorado owns the mineral rights beneath a significant portion of the property. Both the project applicant and the State Land Board representative said an agreement has been drafted, and would be signed by both sides.

The commissioners also asked questions about the project’s drainage situation. The property borders the Croke Canal to the east, but will have to temporarily pump storm water runoff uphill to move it into the storm-drain system along McIntyre. Eventually, project consultants say, a county drainage project to the east will allow for a simpler system.