Equestrian arena would anchor proposed Dacono development

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By Ben Wiebesiek

DACONO — Dacono council reviewed a development plan Oct. 22 for a section of annexed property envisioning 20 years of growth.
    Miller Ranch, the planned 165-acre development at the intersection of Weld County roads 13 and 10, would be centered around a core amenity, an equestrian facility.
    The developer requested that the original development, known as the Cottonwood Acres Subdivision, be rezoned to a mixture of high, medium and low residential along with mixed-use commercial.
    Miller International held a neighborhood meeting in 2011 regarding the proposed development. The developer anticipates the construction of up to 215 residential units, 152 multifamily units, up to 215,000 square feet of commercial-use property, and up to 140,000 square-feet of office space.
    Community Development Director Jennifer Krieger said the developer submitted a traffic impact study in December of 2011.
    “But the analysis assumed build out would occur between 2030 and 2035, and the evaluated key intersections including Colorado Boulevard and State Highway 52, Colorado Boulevard and Grandview Boulevard, and Colorado Boulevard and Summit,” Krieger said. “And as development occurs, the transportation impact study recommends various improvements to the roads that will be impacted by this development.”
    “As far as getting started, what is your timeframe for starting at least one of these pieces?” Councilwoman Lori Saine asked.
    Miller International CEO David Dean said the intention is to put the equestrian arena in as soon as the economy makes it possible to do so.
    “There’s significant infrastructure we’d have to do to do that. In the current environment, we can’t go out and do a bond offering to build your infrastructure and sell lots; that’s not the way the world is right now. If that changes, we can move faster,” Dean said. “But currently, the first phase would be self-funded, so it’s going to take a little while. We’ll go in stages so we can go toward the amenity.”
    Mayor Charles Sigman praised the project.
    “This is definitely a project that there is a need for,” Sigman said. “I personally wish there was a project like this when I was out looking for a home to build.”
    Sigman said the plan would be a good fit for people who want to have a horse but don’t own enough land.
    “So this gives them an opportunity to be able to have their horse near them and be able to take care of it, and you don’t have to drive 40 miles to a boarding situation,” Sigman said. “So there definitely is a need for this.”
    Sigman also said there would be a self-sustaining aspect of the proposed community.
    “It has retail, it has office space, it has residential — it’s got everything,” Sigman said. “It’s definitely a community you can work, live and play in, and that’s exactly what Dacono’s looking for our community.”
    Council will do a review of the preliminary development plan and a second reading of the zoning requests during its meeting Nov. 26.

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.