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.