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Fort Lupton City Council approved a site plan for a future RV, boat and limited heavy equipment storage facility Sept. 6. The vote was 6-1.
The site is near Weld County roads 13 and 19. Kelsey Bruxvoort, a land planner with AGPROfessionals, said the facility could house more than 400 parking spaces, all on gravel, plus 12 spaces for commercial vehicles. At full build-out, Bruxvoort said there would be a 5,000-square-foot building.
“There will be access 24 hours a day,” she told council. “Our normal hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be security cameras all over.”
Mayor Zo Hubbard, who cast the only “no” vote, asked about noise mitigation during normal sleeping hours.
“With all those semis coming in an out of there, it’s not pleasant when they roar through while people are trying to sleep,” she said. “Can we make some accommodations to keep the noise down during sleeping hours?”
“Mostly, they will park up here because we don’t have room in Denver,” Bruxvoort said. “We’re not planning a 24/7 operation.”
“I’m just sensitive to noise,” Hubbard said.
Resident Stephanie Vest called the proposal “a parking lot.”
“Because trucks and RVs will be using the lot frequently, I don’t understand how it’s not a parking lot,” she said. “The screening proposed is not approved, per the municipal code. Corrugated fencing is not on the list.”
She and other had concerns about traffic impacts.
“I live there,” said resident Steve Stratton. “I see the cars drive by. This will cause an accident.”
“It’s hard to get onto (Weld County Road) 19 from (state Highway) 52,” said Molly Wright. “It’s a dangerous corner.”
“I’ve seen people try to get out of those RV places,” said firefighter Terry Stratton. “Half the people who buy them are used to driving smaller cars.”
Bruxvoort and city planning Director Todd Hodges cited a referral from the Colorado Department of Transportation which didn’t outline any serious traffic issues.
“I feel like the referral from CDOT is enough for us,” Hodges said. “It’s a use by right within a this zoned district.”
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