On Wednesday, Dec. 1, The Town of Windsor purchased 138 acres of land and 117 acre feet of water from a farm located adjacent to the town’s existing Public Services facility for $4.14 million.
Conceptual plans show 71 acres of land for parks, recreation and open space, 15 acres for a new police facility, 12 acres for future expansion of the town’s public works property, and 40 acres of land intended to be purchased by the Weld RE4 School District. Within that space, the land acquisition also accounts for improvements and widening to the adjacent section of Cty. Rd. 15 and the future alignment of Cty. Rd. 70 between Cty. Rds. 13 and 15.
“With the future planned expansion of Cty. Rd. 70, there will be an east to west commuter option on the north side of Windsor that can help alleviate congestion from Hwy. 392,” said Community Development Director John Thornhill.
“Our existing Non-Potable Water Master Plan identified a gap of 500 to 700 acre feet of water needed by the town and this acquisition satisfies a good chunk of that need,” said Thornhill.
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MEDIA FACT SHEET
When did Town Board meet to authorize use of funds?
Windsor’s Town Board met on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 to give their final authorization for use of funds specific to the purchase of this parcel.
Why did the Town of Windsor feel this purchase was important?
As the community continues to grow, it’s important to preserve park and open space. Additionally, there is a growing need for expanded public safety and school facilities.
How much did the Town of Windsor spend on its purchase? How does the cost relate to beneficial use of the acreage?
Cost Breakdown Related to Land Dedication
Police, Public Works & General Town Use: 43 Acres - $1,290,000.00
Community Park: 55 Acres
School District: 40 Acres - $1,340,533.33
Water Rights: $1,516,666.67
Totals: 138 Acres - $4,147,200.00
How were land uses identified?
A conceptual charrette was held with a consultant, town staff including police department, community development and others along with representatives from the school district over a two day period in order to determine the best locations for each anticipated land use. It is anticipated that public input will be solicited prior to planning and programming the parks and open space portions.
Tell us more about the planned police facility.
A new police facility will better accommodate Windsor’s growing population. Construction is currently planned to start in 2023. Final plans have not be outlined for future use of the existing Police facility, located at 200 N. 11th St.
There isn’t a cost attributed to the community park allocation. Why?
As part of Windsor’s land use regulations, developers must dedicate property to park space. The acreage for community park is part of the Tacincala Master Development Plan related to the Prairie Song subdivision.
How will the Town of Windsor address increased traffic in that area?
The goal is to ensure that infrastructure aligns with town growth. Town engineers will continue to look at Cty. Rd. 15 improvements and the expansion of Cty. Rd. 70.