Sentinel appeal off; neighborhood meeting on

       For the third time since October, a neighborhood appeal to City Council on the Sunrise Company's Sentinel Ridge development proposal has been postponed.
       A new date has not been announced.
       According to James Mayerl of City Planning, the delay this time was at the request of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), in agreement with the Sunrise Company. As proposed, Sentinel would be an 88-home gated community on 28 acres southeast of Mesa Road and Fillmore Street,
       “In the upcoming weeks they (Sunrise) will set up a large scale neighborhood meeting involving multiple neighborhoods,” Mayerl said.
       In a follow-up communication, Dirk Gosda, president of the Sunrise Company's Colorado Region, said he expects the meeting to occur during the second or third week of February and to involve “all the surrounding associations.”
       A key neighborhood concern is that Sunrise - on Sentinel as well as other proposed developments - has diverged from a master plan for a large expanse of the Mesa. The plan had been worked out by the city with its previous owners (the Hill family, which sold the land to Sunrise two years ago).
       “We felt that changing each subdivision one at a time subverts having a master plan in the first place,” said Marj Webster, part of the neighborhood opposition.
       The appeal formally contests aspects of City Planning Commission's approval of Sentinel Ridge last September. Specific concerns have focused on anticipated traffic problems and the proposed removal of the hillside overlay protection.
       Previous delays were called in an attempt to work out these differences between Sunrise and the neighbors.

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