Voting on Rooney Valley Master Plan

From the desk of 
David Wiechman

Lakewood City Council Ward 4 

 

 
 
Rooney Valley Master Plan Vote Monday Feb. 6

       On Monday, Feb. 6, starting at 7 p.m., City Council is scheduled to discuss and then vote on a revision to the City’s joint master plan with Morrison, which is designed to guide the final build-out of the Rooney Valley (not related to the Dino Ridge issue).   The usual public comment period was suspended by the mayor for this special meeting but you can still attend to demonstrate your interest, etc.  
             
          Although Morrison has been working on this plan for about two years and has had about 30 town board meetings reviewing it (mostly secret executive sessions), Lakewood City Council has been looking at the new master plan for about three months. The rush now is because Morrison needs it approved by Feb. 7 so they can begin their build out schedule which includes asking the City to annex Morrison’s RV residential properties.  The developer is pushing for construction to begin later this year.
 
      There has been no evaluation of the impact on the rest of the city – traffic, flood control, water use, electricity facilities, etc.  The proposal will probably bring in 1-2,000 new students to Jeffco schools.  The impact fees paid by the developer will only amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars while the cost of building new schools will run into the tens of millions.  The difference will have to be made up by the traditional sources of school funding – bonds, mill levy, etc.
        The cost of providing city services to the new residents (police, snow plows, street repair, etc.) will be partially funded by a revenue sharing plan with Morrison.  The current plan is for the commercial properties to remain in Morrison who will share 10 to 25% of the tax revenues generated with Lakewood to partially fund delivery of city services.  The difference in providing those city services will have to be funded from general revenues from the rest of the city.
For more details, check out my executive summary – Summary of RV Master Plan.  Summary of RV Master Plan 


 
Ward 4 Coalition
David Wiechman

 

 

From the desk of 
David Wiechman

Lakewood City Council Ward 4 

 

 
 
Council Mtg. Monday re: Rooney Valley
 
       Reminder – this Monday evening (Jan. 23) City Council will be devising a “master” plan to guide future development in Rooney Valley.  This is technically different from the Dino Ridge development, Rooney Valley annexation to Lakewood, Ohio Ave. Apartments or a re-zoning.  Instead it is a “vision” statement that will be used in future rezoning and land use issues as a guide.  
 
    Therefore it will set the tone for all these other actions the City will be undertaking in the next couple months.  Public is welcome and encouraged to come to City Hall (470 S. Allison Pkwy.) and give three minutes of input. 
 
         For more information about the proposed Rooney Valley Master Plan go to the city website at www.lakewood.org:
 
 
           I know it’s a little long, dry and confusing so I’m attaching my analysis of the proposal. 
 
 
 
       At 5 pm there will be study session on the details of the city’s term limits for city council members. 
 
                       Wiechman’s analysis of city term limits
 
Hopefully these papers will be easier to follow.
 
 
 
Ward 4 Coalition
David Wiechman