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Interest has been renewed in a subdivision that's been on the books for a decade. Stone Mountain Village 1 and 2 in North Delta are substantially complete, with just a few vacant lots. A new owner is planning to begin selling lots in Stone Mountain Village 3 just to the north.

The Delta City Council heard a request that the 18.36-parcel be divided into seven lots and 12 outlots -- larger sections of land that at some point will be divided into smaller lots suitable for single-family residences. When fully developed, the subdivision will contain 53 building lots, a park and trail access. The subdivision will share the Stone Village name, but will have its own homeowners' association.

Streets, sidewalks, gutters, sewer and water lines are already in place. But since the subdivision received initial approval, the bordering road has been designated an arterial, which requires more right-of-way, as well as a 40-foot setback for construction. When the subdivision was designed, a 25-foot setback met city requirements.

The new street designation carries restrictions the new buyer did not anticipate, explained Robert Jones of Vortex Engineering. He asked council to reduce the setback requirement, perhaps on a lot-by-lot basis. There was also some discussion about whether the meandering sidewalk should remain on private property or be placed in the street right-of-way.

With input from city attorney David McConaughy, it was agreed the setback requirements would not be enforced on a handful of lots affected by the street designation.

At the request of Marvin Brungardt, a member of the architectural review committee for Stone Mountain Village, the city also established working hours for construction crews. His request stemmed from a road improvement project, arranged by the owner, that took place early on a Sunday morning.

McConaughy said the city might want to look at establishing work hours as a matter of citywide policy. For now, hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday were established for Stone Mountain.

As staff reviewed the requirements for approval of the final plat, council member Ron Austin said he hopes the city is able to work with developers to encourage growth. The final vote was 4-1. Gerald Roberts cast the nay vote because he felt final plat approval is premature.

A second subdivision was addressed with little discussion. The Jurca Subdivision proposes to subdivide approximately 17.31 acres on Pioneer Road into two parcels, a one-acre lot upon which the house is located and a remainder parcel of over 16 acres. City council followed the Delta Planning Commission's recommendation and unanimously approved the subdivision.

In other business, city engineer Ellen Michelson provided an update on three street improvement projects and presented bids for concrete replacement projects throughout the city. In addition to a 50-50 cost share with property owners, the city is planning multiple projects intended to increase sidewalk connectivity, address safety hazards and meet ADA requirements. A total of $70,000 was budgeted for concrete replacement, but council bumped the total to $79,973, to include an additional project on B Street. Currently, Michelson said, there's a crosswalk from Garnet Mesa Elementary School with no connecting sidewalk on the other end.

During citizen comments, Jerry Lippard expressed concerns about a neighborhood alley, where tree branches and parked cars are obstructing the flow of traffic. City manager David Torgler said there are provisions in the municipal code to address such situations and he will have staff look into the matter.

Mayor Ed Sisson was recognized for completing 60 hours of leadership training offered by the Colorado Municipal League, and the city was the recipient of a loss prevention award from CIRSA, an insurance pool covering property/casualty and workers' compensation.

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