City council puts hospital letter on hold

CNCC submits application for annexation

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The Craig City Council accepted a petition for annexation

from Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig Tuesday night and set a date for the public to comment.

CNCC 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 and now hopes the city will annex it.

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.

"The petition complies with the law," he said. "This

resolution starts the process and sets a hearing."

There will be a public hearing during the May 13 city council meeting.

If, after that, council members determine the criteria for

annexation is met, they can annex the property by ordinance.

"There is only one property owner, so that makes the process simpler," Costa said.

The process of annexation doesn't cost the city anything and the only downside council members found was that annexed property owners would pay city utility rates instead of the higher county utility rates.

A primary benefit, Costa said, was that if annexed, the city would be able to review all development plans for the area and ensure parking and landscaping plans meet city specifications.

"It also allows for orderly development in that direction," said Sherman Romney, city attorney. "I think, through our master plan process, we're moving in that direction."

The property will eventually house the college and, if approved by voters, a community recreation center. The Memorial Hospital also is 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, which could generate property taxes.

Christina M. Currie may be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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