Westminster Farm to become home to 2,350 Uplands homes


This story first appeared in a Colorado Community Media newspaper. The Colorado Sun owns CCM.

By Luc Zarzecki, The Westminster Window

After three long nights of debate and testimony, Westminster City Council voted 5-2 to approve the controversial plan to convert a large swath of farmland into a 2,350 Uplands housing development.

Councilors voted at the end of their meeting on Monday, which went on until nearly 1 a.m. Tuesday and was greeted with boos from some residents and members of Save the Farm, the group opposed to development.

The advisers, however, imposed conditions on the approval. These included: requiring the developer to pay 100% of the cost of all water, sanitary, storm sewer and other public infrastructure required on and off site; the inclusion of signs in development parks clearly indicating that they are intended for the general public; a requirement that at least 300 low income rental units be built; and the creation of a special fund dedicated to the construction of parks within the development using the money from the developer’s cash payments from public land use.

Those who voted in favor included Councilors David DeMott, Sarah Nurmela, Lindsey Smith, Rich Seymour and Mayor Nancy McNally.

Councilors Obi Ezeadi and Bruce Baker opposed it.

Developer Oread Capital wanted City Council to let them continue work on the project, which is designed to convert the large open space surrounding the church into Uplands, a sprawling mixed-use development, with housing options ranging from single-family homes to apartments. and townhouses as well as parks and shopping areas. The project would take several years to complete, eventually accommodating 2,350 housing units in a mix of housing types.

PLUS: Who are the parks for? The proposed housing development has neighbors in Westminster fighting for space.

Neighbors in the Shaw Heights neighborhood, many of whom opposed the plan, wanted the town to say no and keep the lot, known to them as Farm, undeveloped.

“It’s all I’ve ever known,” said John Palmer, who said he has lived in Westminster his entire life, most within sight of the farm.

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