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Posted on: June 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] June 1 Council update

June 1 Council update

One of the largest land donations the Town has ever received, 60 acres from the Estate of Robert F. Metzler, was a topic on Town Council’s June 1 meeting agenda.

Here is a closer look:

  • Metzler land donation – Town Council approved a resolution accepting a land donation from the Estate of Robert F. Metzler. The gift consists of approximately 60 acres of property, including a homestead, generally along Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Road. Once finalized, this will be among the largest land donations the Town has ever received.

    As part of the agreement, the Estate of Robert F. Metzler is donating a conservation easement, which limits the uses of the property going forward and preserves the natural state of the land. The Douglas Land Conservancy, a local nonprofit focused on land conservation in Douglas County, will hold the conservation easement and will help ensure the property, including a four-acre tract containing the homestead and ranch buildings, are managed appropriately. The Town has also committed to restoring or replacing the historic silo on the property.

    Also part of the donation is an 11-acre tract which allows for an education and community building. This area will be managed as open space until such a need is determined by the Town and funding is available. This area will also contain a parking lot that will provide access to a network of soft-surface trails.

    By accepting this donation, the Town has committed to a first phase of improvements, which includes 2.5 miles of soft-surface trails and parking spaces. Also, the Town will install informative plaques on the property to provide additional information about the Metzler family and property. About $1.6 million has been allocated for these improvements.

    Watch the presentation and Council discussion

Also on the agenda, Town Council approved prioritizing Community Development Block Grant program funding on senior/special needs support services and ADA accessibility improvements to public facilities, such as park and sidewalk improvements. 

Last year, Town Council accepted entitlement status to be eligible to receive an allocation of funding provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, offer economic opportunities, and improve community facilities and services. A 30-day public comment period on the Town’s plan will begin in June with a public hearing before Council on July 20. CDBG funds will be available beginning Oct. 1, 2021. 

Town Council also finalized amendments to the Town Code to include the Town’s Noxious Weed Management Plan.

Coming up

The next Town Council meeting is Tuesday, June 15. A study session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss revenue opportunities and strategic priorities. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Visit between June 10 and 15 to provide written feedback, or to sign up to speak via videoconference during the meeting. The meeting will be available live at In-person attendance will also be available.

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