Arapahoe County denies plan for Platte Canyon homes

Proposed 40-unit duplex development does not receive zoning change

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On April 4, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners voted to deny a preliminary development plan and zoning change for a proposed housing development at the southwest corner of Bowles Avenue and Platte Canyon Road.

The plan, proposed by KB Home, would have allowed for 40 paired duplex homes on the 5.56-acre parcel, a density of 7.08 homes per acre, as opposed to the 2.18 homes per acre allowed under the current residential-2 zoning.

The plan, dubbed Platte Canyon Villas, drew significant opposition from neighbors citing concerns about the density, the traffic and the effect on enrollment at Wilder Elementary School.

A higher-density 50-home development for the site was already denied last year. County staff recommended the revised application be approved, saying that it conforms to the comprehensive plan.

Though the location is in unincorporated Arapahoe County, it is bordered by Littleton on three sides.

Four members of the board voted in favor of District 1 Commissioner Kathleen Conti’s motion to deny the development plan, citing a “lack of compatibility with the surrounding area.” District 3 Commissioner Jeff Baker said that although he understands objections to the development, he voted against Conti’s motion.

“Property rights was what it came down to,” he said, noting that he also wanted to respect staff and the Planning Commission’s recommendations in favor of the project.

“I understand there are lot of people who think this is incompatible with the area,” he said.

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