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Robbin Place temporarily withdrawn; fuller public process seen next time

A view down the Robbin Place property from Skyline Avenue/Chestnut Street shows the 12-foot-wide alley at the base of the hill, which three proposed new duplexes would use for access, and a few of the current homes along the alley. According to what Robbin Place developer Paul Rising told Planning Commission in August, piers would be drilled in the front part of the slope, so as to address potential landslide concerns.
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An appeal of a controversial subdivision waiver request in a Westside neighborhood was withdrawn from the City Council agenda Nov. 22.
       Developer Paul Rising made the request, he told the Westside Pioneer afterward.
       He had faced an uncertain outcome before council, which was reconsidering the matter after an inconclusive vote that followed a public hearing on the appeal in late October.
       Rising was - and still is - seeking the waiver in connection with his goal for building three duplexes on a 24,000-square-foot hillside lot. The waiver would give him alley access to the otherwise inaccessible site, north of Manitou Boulevard/Boulder Street, which has the address of 543 Robbin Place.
       In an interview, Rising said that “probably in January” he would come back to the city with his waiver request - accompanied this time by a request
Developer Paul Rising is shown speaking to Planning Commission last August.
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for plat (lot configuration) approval - with the matter eventually being heard in its entirety before the Colorado Springs Planning Commission.
       That would be a change from the previous scenario, in which city legal staff limited commission/council public hearing discussion to waiver-request aspects only, based on city rules related to that kind of application. This frustrated residents in the older neighborhood nearby, who wanted answers on construction-related issues such as landslide potential, density and overall compatibility.
       A Planning Commission vote for the waiver in August had been appealed to council by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN).
       Council held a public hearing on the appeal in October, then voted 4-4 on a motion to deny. But it was unclear what that meant, and councilmembers decided at a subsequent meeting to reconsider the appeal Nov. 22.
       Rising said he decided to withdraw the current application after meeting with OWN representatives and residents. He expressed the hope that an amicable resolution will ensue and said he plans to communicate regularly with them going forward.
       OWN President Welling Clark said he was pleased with Rising's decision and the fact that next time Planning Commission will get to consider all issues related to the proposal. He also believes that by putting a spotlight on the discussion limitations linked to subdivision waiver requests “we're establishing a public-process precedent that will help other neighborhoods on the Westside and around the city.”

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(Posted 11/23/16; Land: Development Issues)

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