Large annexation proposed for Fruita

The city of Fruita is prepared to annex a 186-acre property that could one day contain the largest housing development in the city.

The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously tenatively agreed to bring into the city the sprawling property, which is located west of the Big Salt Wash, north of U.S. Highway 6&50 and south of L Road. The board also agreed to zone 136 acres of the land community mixed use and 50 acres planned unit development.

Despite some misgivings about the lack of details on the types and locations of development, council members are expected to formally approve the annexation and zoning on March 2.

Property owner Ben Carnes and developer Roderick Thonen propose to turn the land into a development known as Peregrine Village. The project could contain up to 945 single-family homes, patio homes, townhomes and apartments, as well as commercial and office space and parks, according to a project report.

Thonen said the commercial space would include a grocery store and shopping center, among other retail shops.

The development would be constructed over at least a 10-year period.

Thonen wrote in the project report that he intends to make the project a self-sustaining development where residents can both work and shop.

“Our intent is to create a sustainable community, a desirable environment promoting public health, safety and welfare,” the project report reads. “Our desire is to be harmonious with, and to enhance the small town atmosophere of Fruita. Our aim is to strengthen the social fabric and the shared values of residents rather than creating a bedroom community where residents spend much of their time commuting to work, shopping, or transporting to activities.”

City Community Development Director Dahna Raugh said the project fits with the city’s community plan, which encourages a mixture of housing types.

Fruita resident Ron Wilson, who said he moved to the area from Texas about six months ago, said he supports a mixed-use development such as Peregrine Village. But he said he’s concerned that the commercial aspects of the development may not materialize, leaving the city with a large housing subdivision.

In a letter written to the city last month, Fruita residents Donald and Sharon Patton referred to the proposed development as “super high-density” and claimed it wouldn’t fit in with the 5-acre parcel they live on to the west or other surrounding agricultural land.


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