Hi Everyone,
Last night a small group consisting of your FCC II Board members and some the officers of Franktown HOA’s that I have contact information for (I’m still trying to located all of you) met with the head of the Douglas County Planning Department and one of his managers.  The purpose of the meeting was to receive a briefing from Douglas County planning staff regarding their concerns on the city of Elizabeth’s draft of their Comprehensive Master Plan (ECMP) for the development of Elizabeth.   These concerns are because, as you know from my previous emails on this subject, one alternative the ECMP contemplates is annexing a large portion of eastern Franktown into the city of Elizabeth! There are significant issues for any property annexed into Elizabeth not the least of which is more taxes, coupled with the loss of the rural protection that the Douglas County Comprehensive Master Plan affords Franktown now, as well as other issues detrimental to our area (water, significant increase in traffic, inadequate infrastructure, etc.).
Many of the citizens of Elizabeth and surrounding areas are also concerned about all of the issues the ECMP contemplates and have contacted your FCC II Board for guidance on fighting the direction the ECMP appears to be going.
It was made clear by Douglas County planning staff at the meeting that they are on our side in this issue as they are opposed to any annexation of Franktown.  They support the property that Elizabeth is “eyeing” being put into a conservation/open space easement so that it can be protected and not developed.  On the ECMP, there will be a Third Community Meeting, August 21st, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Elizabeth high school.  Perhaps it’s now time we show up and find out what they’re trying to do to Franktown!!
ONWARD TOGETHER,
Diana Love

12 Comments

Lori Hanneman · July 13, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Is there a map or boundary where Elizabeth is wanting to annex? A large portion of eastern Franktown doesn’t give much information of what area might be annexed. Thanks!

Kenneth Donahue · July 13, 2019 at 7:45 pm

I would like to remain looped in to all discussions.

Melinda Pastore · July 13, 2019 at 9:09 pm

I am against the annexation and would appreciate being on your distribution list for related information. Thank you!

Rayna Peneton · July 14, 2019 at 6:20 am

These idiots are not practicing smart growth at all- just growth period…I would be happy to see the economy and housing go bust in Colorado before anymore of this beautiful state (and our town- Elizabeth) is destroyed. I stand with Franktown.

Ed Kolshak · July 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

The developers are out of control. Clearly this is a back door effort to destroy what’s left of our peaceful, beautiful franktown.

Teresa parker · July 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

I stand with Franktown. Please loop me in discussions. Thank you.

Judy Linnett · July 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm

I am totally against all this irresponsible growth that has beleaguered this part of Colorado! I despise what Terrain has become and Castle Rock continues to expand in all directions. Parker is just as bad especially with their building of all these high-density units that are just plain UGLY!

I think those of us who value, appreciate and WANT to retain our rural existence have to stand together and say enough is enough. With that said, I would appreciate being “kept in the loop” also.

Beth L Shelly · July 15, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Is this about the three-mile planning area outside community borders afforded by the state for comprehensive planning or about a specific project?

Renata H · July 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

Per the Elizabeth, CO city website, if you would like to receive info concerning the latest news on Elizabeth’s Comprehensive Plan, and upcoming meetings, please email compplan@townofelizabeth.org

P Long · July 17, 2019 at 7:15 am

We could use the input of the woman in Lakewood who organized the defeat of development in Lakewood (Lakewood 200), even though it had the support of the Lakewood mayor. We moved to be rural for a reason. We need more smart control instead of all the crazy development.

Lori Hanneman · July 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

I emailed the town of Elizabeth for more info and this is the response I got:

“Thank you for your recent email, concerning the planning effort that the Town of Elizabeth is currently conducting, for the creation of a new Comprehensive Plan. We wanted to write back to you, to clarify some information and clear up any confusion.

The Comprehensive Plan is a long range document that outlines the vision for the Town of Elizabeth for the next twenty years. The webpage on the Town’s website dedicated to the Comprehensive Plan (www.townofelizabeth.org/compplan) outlines a series of alternatives that the community has considered, for land use, transportation, parks and open space, and utilities, since May. The community provided input at a community meeting in May and through an online survey that was available through the end of June. The project team is currently drawing from the various input provided by the community over the last few months to create a “preferred” plan that will be presented to the community at a public meeting on August 21st.

The various land use alternatives do show concepts of future development in Douglas County, primarily around the Highway 86 and Flintwood Road intersection. Future development could include a mixture of commercial and residential land uses. However, the land use alternatives, and the eventual land use plan that will be included in Elizabeth’s Comprehensive Plan, represent concepts for what the Town would like to see in these areas, but only if these areas end up becoming part of the Town over time. The Town will only annex land in Douglas County if a property owner requests to be annexed into Elizabeth, and the Town will entertain land use ideas presented by property owners. The Town does not have any plans to acquire or develop any lands in Douglas County on its own. Rather, what the Comprehensive Plan shows, for various areas around Elizabeth, is a guide for how these areas may develop over time. The Comprehensive Plan is advisory in nature, and it is not binding on any property owner or on the Town itself. The Comprehensive Plan provides a vision for how the area may evolve over time, and this vision may change over time, as well.

Again, the Town has no plans to annex properties involuntarily in Douglas County, and any development in Douglas County would be driven by private property owners, using the Comprehensive Plan as a guide.

We hope this email clears up any confusion. Please let us know if you have any further questions and we would be happy to chat with you further.”

Karen Tate · July 24, 2019 at 9:15 am

Please keep me updated on future developments

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