The Berthoud Board of Trustees met for a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. The agenda included discussion of the evaluation and improvements to the Carter Lake pipeline capacity and neighborhood masterplan approval and rezoning of one development and the annexation of another into the Town of Berthoud.
A full board was present at Tuesday night’s meeting following the appointment last week of the newest trustee Jeff Butler who replaced trustee Lonnie Stevens following his resignation.
Public Works Director Ken Matthews presented information pertaining to the town entering into an agreement with Providence Infrastructure Consultants (PIC) to obtain an engineering analysis to evaluate the condition and capacity of the existing Carter Lake Pipeline which brings water from the lake to Berthoud’s water treatment facility. The results of this engineering analysis and design will be presented to the Board later this year.
The project, which was incorporated into the town’s 2022 budget, will rehabilitate existing infrastructure to secure and firm up access to the Town’s current robust water rights. This will work alongside efforts to update the Town’s water usage guidelines and restrictions and conservation measures. Matthews stated that the town is not fully utilizing the water it currently owns rights to and the improvements would enable a higher volume of water to be conveyed to the town. “I am planning for a phase one component which will be quick easy improvements that will take us to the 7.1 CFS (cubic feet per second) that’s the bare minimum,” he said. Matthews stated that currently, the town moves 4 to 5 CFS through the raw water pipeline.
On the town’s recommendation to move forward to contract with PIC on the Carter Lake Pipeline Capacity Improvement project, the board voted unanimously in favor of the project.
The next topic on the agenda was a request by the developer of the Harvest 47 neighborhood for a rezoning of 5.96 acres in the formerly approved O’Malley Glen PUD and Neighborhood Master Plan approval for 31 residential lots. The property is located north of Pioneer Park and Mary’s Farm, south of Highway 56 and to the east and northeast of the first phase of the Farmstead development.  A waiver request for open space and rezoning request of the area to urban residential, allowing for smaller lots, was approved by the Planning Commission at its June 23 meeting with the condition and understanding that the developer voluntarily place a deed restriction on 9 lots allotted for low-income housing to be given to Berthoud Habitat for Humanity. Mike Cook speaking on behalf of Berthoud Habitat for Humanity said, “We think it’s an amazing opportunity for the community and for the town and for you all to support affordable housing,” a sentiment shared by several of the board members.
Town staff recommended the approval of both the Neighborhood Masterplan, pending the approval of the waiver and minor subdivision, and the rezoning. The board approved the motion unanimously.
Finally, the board was presented information on the request by Heron Lakes Investment for the town to annex and zone 42 acres as R-1 suburban residential previously zoned rural residential east of Heron Lakes Parkway and south of LCR 14 in the future Heron Lakes Cran development.
Following the town’s recommendation, the board unanimously voted to approve the zoning change and the Neighborhood Master Plan with conditions that the applicant provides an area of the right of way to connect to Pine Hill Road to provide connectivity should the properties to Pine Hill ever annex into Town and develop and that the applicant makes the Northern trail and sidewalk connection to LCR 14 as soon as possible.
The next meeting of the town board will be August 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
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