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Windsor’s council supports protecting the city’s commercially zoned land

With only 3,000 acres of commercial land left in Windsor, the city council on Monday passed a non-binding resolution discouraging the conversion of commercially zoned land to residential.

Before she resigned, former economic development director Stacy Brown, who is now city manager in Kersey, asked the board to consider discouraging redevelopment when a housing developer asks for commercial property to be rezoned, Mayor Paul Rennemeyer said Monday. chaired its last board meeting. .

Barry Wilson was sworn in as the new mayor of Windsor later in the evening.

Since 2011, “a significant portion” of the 7,000 acres the city has available for commercial land has been converted to residential development, the resolution said. Commercial development pays for 60% of the city’s tax base, he said. “We need to preserve our commercial tax base in the city,” said Rennemeyer, who received unanimous support for the resolution.

The lack of commercial land “poses a significant challenge because it limits the City’s ability to expand these revenue-generating activities and … the City must carefully consider, strategize and prioritize its land use to maximize its economic potential while preserving its integrity to keep her land.” sources.”

City council members unanimously supported the resolution, citing the need for balanced growth. The city has heard for years that there is a need for more amenities and restaurants, but roofs must be built to support them, says retiring board member Ken Bennett.

Many retailers won’t consider locating in a community with fewer than 50,000 residents, he said. “I think we’re there.” The population of Windsor now stands at 45,000 and now that “the residential lots have already been built on, this number will grow to 60,000.”

Currently, residential development outweighs commercial development, says retiring board member Victor Tallon. Windsor can’t give more land to housing if it wants amenities like parks and good roads, Tallan said. “The only way to do that is if the commercial land is intact.”

Windsor’s new board members, mayor sworn in

In other business, City Clerk Karen Frawley Wilson was sworn in, as were new board members Lainie Peltz and former Windsor Police Chief Richard Klimek and incumbent Ron Steinbach.

Wilson’s election is being challenged by Windsor resident James Cosner, who filed a complaint in Weld County District Court claiming that Wilson was ineligible to run for mayor because he had already been elected to the council for two consecutive terms .

Wilson defeated fellow board member Jason Hallett 4,150 to 3,603 for the mayor’s seat. The complaint asks that Wilson’s election be nullified and Hallett be appointed as the next mayor. Frawley was named in her capacity as city clerk for certifying the election results.

Windsor’s attorney will represent Frawley, but Wilson said he will likely have to hire his own attorney. Until the matter is resolved, it will remain business as usual. We will not allow ourselves to be distracted from our goals and mission.

After being sworn in, Wilson said there was a “dark cloud” hanging over the election. “There are people who didn’t want me to be sworn in, but I was sworn in. I’m here as mayor for the next four years.”

The board will appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of Wilson’s term.