CNCC files petition for annexation

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Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig has filed a petition with the city of Craig to make its 100-acre campus site part of the city.

The college purchased the property west of Shadow Mountain subdivision for future expansion.

According to Dave Costa, city planning department director, the application is in order and he doesn't see anything standing in the way of its approval.

He will submit a resolution to the Craig City Council, which will state the petition for annexation is in order and will set a public hearing date 30 to 60 days after the resolution becomes effective.

After the public hearing, the council will have to adopt an ordinance to make the transfer official.

"If we're going to extend infrastructure, it just makes sense to annex them in," said City Manager Jim Ferree. "It just makes sense for those facilities to be within city limits."

The property will eventually house the college and, if approved by voters, a community recreation center. The Memorial Hospital is also considering building a new hospital on the site.

The annexation brings no property tax advantage to anyone, CNCC-Craig Vice President Dean Hollenbeck said. None of the entities that might be housed on the property pay property taxes, but the college plans to leave a portion of the property vacant for possible commercial development and property taxes would be generated from that.

"We've got the recreation center looking at being up there and possibly the hospital. We just thought we needed to annex it in," Hollenbeck said. "We will have city services, so we just need to be part of the city."

The city has already filed an annexation impact report with the county, which includes a map of the city, the present and proposed boundaries and existing infrastructure.

The last time the city annexed any property was in the 1980s when it accepted Ridgeview subdivision.

"This is the first one I've had the opportunity to work on since I got here," Costa said.

The city has the right to accept or reject an annexation proposal.

If 100 percent of the property owners in the annexation area sign the petition, annexation is a fairly simple process including the city's approval based on a public hearing.

CNCC is the sole property owner requesting annexation.

If a petition is submitted including the signatures of between 51 percent and 100 percent of the property owners, the issues is taken to a vote.

If it passes, the city still has the final say over whether to accept the property, and the responsibility that comes with it.

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