Wednesday, August 9, 2017

City says it enforces drainage compliance, Archer Park residents beg to differ

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM

click to enlarge A developer plans to build seven  high-end homes on this 4.7 acres in the Broadmoor area. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • A developer plans to build seven high-end homes on this 4.7 acres in the Broadmoor area.
As the city prepares to place a measure before voters to impose fees to fund stormwater management, neighbors of a small development would like the city to first force developers to adhere to existing drainage requirements.

City Engineer Travis Easton told City Council on August 8 the city does require compliance with the city's drainage manual, but citizens who live near the proposed Archer Park subdivision beg to differ.

Read our report in this week's Independent about the development. ("A flood of complaints," News)

As the Indy was going to press, one of those neighbors, Dr. James Albert, told us he's filed an open-records request for emails between the city and the developer's representatives.

"We are looking for the communications to further understand the process that the neighbors are excluded from, like the private closed door meeting between CSFD and Altitude [Land Consultants, the developer-hired firm] that they were so proud of at the initial neighborhood meeting," Albert says via email. "We believe that more type meetings occurred but do not know."

He also says while the city staff's responsibility, as he sees it, is to protect resident safety, neighbors suspect the chief goal is to "get things approved at all costs."

"Remember, thus far even though we have been told that the city engineers would cooperate with the Martin and Martin people [engineers hired by the neighbors], they have refused to talk or provide any of the engineering resubmittals from Altitude to the city" since the June 27 Council meeting. "The only way we can evaluate the safety of a plan we assume will somehow get approved is to get that information through the open records act."

Developer Rick Delesk has called the opposition NIMBYism [not in my backyard], saying in an email, "The fact is, Albert et al simply do not want the development there and are willing to use any conceivable method to stop it."

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