Oak Creek to update town plan

Planning commission wary of new annexations

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— The Oak Creek Planning Commission told the Town Board Thursday night that there should be no more annexation until the town's comprehensive plan is updated.

The Planning Commission's main concern is that the town should conduct a "water storage study to deal with the growth that these annexations will bring and how it might affect the town of Oak Creek."

The town's comprehensive plan, which looks at community growth for the future, is supposed to be updated every five years, but the plan hasn't been updated in a decade.

Though the Oak Creek Planning Commission serves only as an advisory to the Town Board, Mayor J. Elliott took the commission's decision to heart.

"(The planning commission) just forced this to be our No. 1 (priority)," he said. "We need to go after it and get this done now."

Mayor Pro-Tem Angie KenCairn is researching a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant that would give the board funds to update the plan. Another option is to hire planning department graduate students from a Colorado university to help the town with the project, she said.

Because the town does not have the funds to facilitate the project, the board must look to other options.

During its discussion Thursday night, the board agreed the most important thing is to get community feedback on how the town wants to grow.

"I think the community needs to be involved because these are the people that will be impacted by any possible annexation," board member Dave Fisher said.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman was mayor the last time the plan was updated and said holding several public work sessions soliciting public input will be crucial to the project.

"It's important for people to express their vision of what they'd like to see or not like to see," she said.

In other business, the Town Board:

-Adopted a resolution amending an ordinance to allow the Town Board to appoint commissioners. The amendment corrected an existing ordinance that gave the town mayor the ability to appoint the commissioners.

-Heard from Public Works Director Jim Photos who explained why it cost $10,600 to fix its street sweeper. The repairs originally were expected to be $7,000. The additional costs came from unforeseen repairs that needed to be completed and that were found only after mechanics began working on the machine.

Comments

Camo181 7 years, 11 months ago

Obviously most of you haven't been involved in what is going on in Oak Creek. According to the former mayor and her minions, developers are viewing Oak Creek "like hungry dogs" . Oak Creek will develop regardless of your inane comments. Why don't you all become involved in this development in a progressive, intelligent, upbeat manner? Sounds like you all are having bad hair days.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 11 months ago

Looks like 4seasons can't tell his/her backside from a hole in the ground. Now is exactly the time to worry about growth, why shouldn't a responsible Town Board want to be prepared for the future? Water supplies are a major issue everywhere but shame on OC for wanting to know that they can accommodate future needs! You made the comment "have you noticed all the new business in town it is just booming we better slow down all the restauraunts are packed it is just crazy", well, with 800 people in town (some of them are children and some actually are not drunks), how many bars & restaurants do you expect them to support?? Have you noticed that OC is full of working class people, most have to pay the high gas prices to get back & forth to work in Stmbt. so naturally they shop there on their way home, it's not that they don't want to support the store in OC, they just can't afford it. You're laughing about 20 houses in Sierra View, well the town has to provide services there now and will have to do the same with any other property that gets annexed, it's good the town wants to make sure they will be able to provide the services needed. It's also refreshing that the Board is finally asking for input from all of the citizens, not just supporters of their personal agenda. You were exposed to a mayor that used "git 'er done" as a battle cry without worrying about the consequences, why don't you give the Town Board that says "git 'er done but do it right" a chance, you're liable to find out that it's the best thing for OC.

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