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Safeway Fueling Station Application Under Review


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Safeway Inc. has submitted a development plan application and statement of intent to the Town of Estes Park Community Development Department for construction of a new fueling facility at 621 Big Thompson Avenue.  The site is currently that of Silver Lane Stables.

The proposed facility would include a 1,185 square foot kiosk or convenience store and a 6,075 square foot overhead canopy above 6 multiple-product fuel dispensers and a future 1,275 square foot single-bay automatic car wash.  The facility would be owned and operated by Safeway Inc. and will function as a department of the existing Safeway grocery store.  Current plans call for the fuel facility to open in July 2010 and a car wash to open within an additional three years.

The development plan application is scheduled to be reviewed at staff-level with a decision no later than July 21, 2009. Under the Estes Valley Development Code section 3.8, the plan is subject to review by Town staff rather than the Estes Valley Planning Commission because it includes fewer than 21 parking spaces, fewer than 10,000 square feet in construction of gross floor area and fewer than 10,000 square feet in other major alterations to the premises which may include parking spaces, water, sewer, drainage and lighting.

Safeway Inc. has also submitted an application for variance from section 5.1.Q.4.a of the Estes Valley Development Code, which states that service stations shall be located at least 100 feet from the property boundary of any residential zoning district. The lot shares a boundary with a lot in the Stanley Hills Subdivision, which is zoned R-Residential. Per the Stanley Hills subdivision plat, this open space lot is to be held for future dedicated roadway.

The variance application is scheduled to be reviewed by the Board of Adjustment at the July 7 meeting, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue.

Both the development plan and variance applications may be viewed on the Community Development Department website at www.estes.org/comdev/currentrequests.aspx. The complete applications are on file in the Community Development office and are available for public review. Further, public comments will be accepted in the following ways:

E-mail achilcott@estes.org
Call 970-577-3720
Deliver your comments in person to Room 210 in Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Ave.
Write the Town of Estes Park Community Development Department and mail to P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517.
You may also comment on the variance application in person at the Estes Valley Board of Adjustment  meeting.

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