Fruita annexes 186-acre property

The Fruita City Council has agreed to annex a 186-acre property that, in the coming years, could be home to the largest housing development in the city.

Council members unanimously voted Tuesday night to bring into the city the land, which sits west of the Big Salt Wash, north of U.S. Highway 6&50 and south of L Road. Council members also agreed to zone 136 acres of the land as community mixed use and 50 acres as planned unit development.

The formal approval came about two months after the council took public comments on the proposal and tentatively agreed to annex the property. Tuesday night’s vote occurred without any further discussion or public input.

Property owner Ben Carnes and developer Roderick Thonen are looking to turn the land into a development known as Peregrine Village. The project could contain up to 945 single-family and multifamily homes, commercial and office space and parks.

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

City Manager Clint Kinney said the developer’s next step is to submit a concept plan that will show in more detail what types of development will be built and where.


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