Approved - 6-0

Specific Development Plan (SDP) at 3501 Clear Creek Dr.

Case: WZ-21-13
A Specific Development Plan (SDP) for a Life Time fitness facility in the Clear Creek Crossing Planned Mixed Use Development (PMUD), located in Planning Areas 5 and 6.
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Public Meeting Video

Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation


Staff Report and Proposed Development Plan ( 83.29 MB )
Specific Development Plan Review Criteria
Per Section 26-305 of the City Code, the planning commission shall base their decision in consideration of the extent to which the applicant demonstrates that all of the following criteria have been met. An analysis of these criteria are provided in the staff report linked above.
1. The proposed specific development plan is consistent with the purpose of a planned development as stated in section 26-301 of this article; and
2. The proposed specific development plan is consistent with the design intent or purpose of the approved outline development plan; and
3. The proposed uses indicated in the specific development plan are consistent with the uses approved by the outline development plan; and
4. The site is appropriately designed and is consistent with the development guidelines established in the outline development plan; and
5. Adequate infrastructure/facilities are available to serve the subject property, or the applicant will upgrade and provide such where they do not exist or are under capacity; and
6. The proposed specific development plan is in substantial compliance with the applicable standards set forth in the Architectural and Site Design Manual, Streetscape Design Manual, and other applicable design standards.

Comments & Feedback

This case is closed, online commenting is no longer available.
Online comments closed at 12:00 PM MST 2/16/22.
This development does not seem to meet the intent of the Development Standards of the Harvest District in that the building is not oriented proximate to the primary pedestrian routes within the planning area. It should be rejected in it's current state and reworked to better encourage walking and biking. If you want to orient a development towards pedestrian access, placing the buildings hundreds of feet away from the primary thoroughfare, across a large, bleak parking lot, is not the answer. A Lifetime Athletic Facility can work here, but the parking should be placed behind the building so that it can face the primary pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare of Clear Creek Drive. The development style of suburban sprawl will only serve to continue to encourage people to drive. And, eventually, this business will leave; at which time we will be stuck with yet another big box store fronting an egregiously large parking lot. Let Lifetime Athletics come, but this proposal should be denied with an expectation that they will return with a site plan that shows their building fronting the main road with parking in the rear, leaving the possibility for a more walkable and bikable area to be developed in the surrounding area.
February 13, 2022, 3:44 PM
Cody J. Hedges
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