GREELEY — A zoning change has likely paved the way for an 833-home subdivision to be built just east of Longmont and south of Mead.
After a four-hour public hearing in Greeley on Wednesday, Weld County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a zoning change request for Adler Estates, a 300-acre neighborhood project to be built by Melody Homes and its parent company, DR Horton.
After four colleagues had already voted yes, commission Chairman Bill Jerke submitted a symbolic no “because there are so many unanswered transportation elements in the development and in the area in general,” Jerke said at the hearing.
Though acknowledging in an interview afterward that neither the developer nor the landowners, Floyd and Marian Adler, has any jurisdiction over what happens with Weld County Road 7 south of Adler Estates, Jerke expressed continued frustration over unsuccessful attempts to build a north-south thoroughfare west of Interstate 25.
“(Adler Estates representatives) need to be a part of the public that puts pressure on the right people to make (WCR) 7 north-south thoroughfare a reality,” Jerke said in the interview.
Melody Homes will still have to negotiate with Weld County and submit up to five more detailed plans before construction can begin.
Melody Homes spokeswoman Linda Sweetman-King said the next of these plans will be submitted to the county in November, and she hopes the first brick is laid within a year.
The areas surrounding the Adler Estates project have been exploding recently with not only development plans but disagreement.
On Tuesday, Project LifeBridge, a planned 313-acre religious campus less than a mile southwest of Adler Estates, received a recommendation from Weld County planners to help it build hundreds of homes and religious and community facilities. That night, county officials heard 16 area residents speak out against the development.
Directly south of Adler Estates — where WCR 7 dead-ends into WCR 26 — St. Vrain State Park, the county and the town of Firestone have been embroiled in a charged political debate.
Weld County commissioners recently dropped plans to bring WCR 7 north from Colo. Highway 119, through the park and reconnect it near Adler Estates to meet the future needs of one of the fastest-growing regions in northern Colorado.
An estimated 240,000 people will live in southwest Weld County by 2050.
The town of Mead has been vying with the county to control development in the areas including and north of Adler Estates.
In May, Mead officials asked Floyd Adler to apply for annexation into the town, but, “Due to the annexation process in Mead, Mr. Adler made a business decision with DR Horton to move forward with the county,” said Ken Puncerelli, a DR Horton developer.
Ben Ready can be reached at 303-684-5326, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.