Another proposed residential housing project for the west end of Palisade is in the town's planning pipeline, this one for 15 townhomes on a lot immediately adjacent to Palisade High School.

Developer Darin Carei envisions the new Tuscan-themed Bella Palizzata subdivision, and his preliminary plat plan is before Palisade's planning commission this week.

The 2.07-acre property at 3691 G Road is bounded by Shiraz Drive to the east, two single-family residences to the south, Palisade Christian Church to the north and Palisade High School immediately west, according to planning documents filed with the town.

The parcel's current zoning allows for townhouse development, and the subdivision's concept plan was presented to trustees in July during a public hearing. Developers hope that the planning commission will make a recommendation Tuesday before the major subdivision application is reviewed by trustees again during their regular meeting on Dec. 10.

The Tuscan-themed project — the Bella Palizzata moniker translates from Italian to "Beautiful Palisade" — is intended to evoke a winery feel, according to the developer's plans. The 15 townhomes would be built in three separate "blocks" that surround a cul-de-sac with a waterfall and a pond, and the homes' design and adjacent landscaping are planned to have winery character. A single-family home on the property would be remodeled in the same vein.

Palisade, with limited properties that lend themselves to multifamily residential development, is in need of more diverse housing options. The town is also keen to bring development to its west end, and has also proposed numerous transportation improvements to the U.S. Highway 6 roadway corridor that serves as the western entry to the town.

Despite the desire for more residential development in that part of town, trustees in September denied a project that would have brought scores of new residential units to an area near Elberta Avenue and 37 1/10 Road.

That proposed West End Village project was designed to cover 19.5 acres and could have provided more than 150 new residential units.

Trustees denied developers' plans because of residents' concerns about increased traffic and a lack of infrastructure in the area.

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