Ken-Caryl Updates for the New Housing Development
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Specific Land Development Questions: amenities, parks and recreation in new development, layout of new development.
North American Development Group
Inclusion Agreement Questions
Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District
Planning & Zoning and Traffic for Parcel A (Alkire St.)
Jefferson County Planning & Zoning – 21-121001PF (Ken Caryl Ranch North Plains Filing No. 1)
Planning & Zoning and Traffic for Parcel B (Ken-Caryl and Chatfield)
Jefferson County Planning & Zoning – 21-136119PF (Ken Caryl Ranch North Plains Filing No. 2)
Architectural Standards of New Development
Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association
Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District
For other questions please contact the District Manager of the Metropolitan District, Traci Wieland, at email@example.com. If questions asked or concerns raised are not within the District’s purview, staff will refer residents to the appropriate party.
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Updated March 23, 2023
North American Development Group Interior Restroom Plans and Specifications
Pursuant to Section 7.3 of the Agreement for Inclusion of Property (Inclusion Agreement) entered into between the North American Development Group (NADG) and the District, on March 13, 2023, NADG submitted to the District draft Plans & Specifications for the interior restrooms on Parcels A and B of NADG’s planned development within the Hogback Metropolitan District. Staff has reviewed the interior restroom Plans & Specifications for compatibility with anticipated and existing maintenance practices. Staff finds the proposed Plans & Specifications to be maintenance and user-friendly and will be a welcome addition to existing public amenities. Click here for final plans.
Pursuant to Section 7.3 of the Inclusion Agreement, the District has 45 days from March 27, 2023 (the proposed date final plans are received) to provide its approval or any comments, questions, or objections for the interior restroom Plans & Specifications; however, staff recommends approval of the interior restroom Plans & Specifications as presented at the March 28, 2023 meeting.
Agreement for Inclusion of Property; Amendment or Waiver of Requirement for Parcel C Plat
Section 2.1.3 of the Inclusion Agreement provides that one of the terms and conditions for inclusion is that the final plats for Parcels A, B, and C are approved by the County and recorded. However, because Parcel C will not have any subdivided lots, there will be no plat for Parcel C. Instead, Parcel C will have a site plan that is approved by the County and recorded. At this time, County approval and recordation of the Parcel C site plan is anticipated for late July.
Because Section 2.1.3 specifically references a “plat” for Parcel C, which will not exist, the Board must decide whether it would rather seek to amend the Inclusion Agreement to change Section 2.1.3 to require County-approved and recorded plats for Parcels A and B, and a County-approved and recorded site plan for Parcel C prior to the District recording the Order, or whether the Board would rather waive the requirement that Parcel C have a County-approved and recorded plat prior to recording the Order, since that requirement is not operative and cannot be complied with. The Board will be discussing this topic at the March 28, 2023 Board Meeting. See the Board Packet for more information.
Updated Dec. 21, 2022
Jefferson County has scheduled hybrid public hearings for Ken-Caryl Ranch North Plains Filing 2 (Parcel B on Ken-Caryl Avenue and Chatfield Ave). The Planning Commission is Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 6:15 p.m. The Board of County Commissioners is Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. To provide public testimony, please pre-register by visiting www.jeffco.us/testimony. If you would like to present documents or images at the hearing, please attach your files while pre-registering to ensure these documents can be presented. Written comments and testimony will be included in the Staff packet if provided at least one week prior to the scheduled hearing. Virtual hearing at https://jeffco.us/meetings on the hearing date. In-Person: Hearing Room 1, 100 Jefferson County Pkwy., Administration and Courts Building, Golden Colorado. Documents for this case can be accessed through the Planning & Zoning Website. http://jeffco.us/planning-and-zoning/active-cases/. Contact the Jefferson County Case Manager, Nathan Seymour, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-271-8751, with questions.
Case Type: Preliminary – Final Plat
Case Number: 21-136270PF
Case Name: Ken Caryl Ranch North Plains Filing 2
Updated Nov. 14, 2022
Jefferson County Planning and Zoning is soliciting comments related to Ken Caryl Ranch North Plains Filing No. 2 (Parcel B at Southwest of the intersection of W. Ken Caryl Avenue and W. Chatfield Avenue). This case is now beginning the 4th Referral part of the process through Jefferson County Planning and Zoning. Please review the specific electronic documents related to the 4th Referral found HERE. Comments on the Preliminary and Final Plat should be submitted electronically to the Jefferson County Case Manager, Nathan Seymour, email@example.com, 303-271-8751, by Monday November 28, 2022. The entire case file for this application can be viewed HERE.
NADG Park and Recreation Improvements Plans & Specifications Update for Parcel A (North Plains Filing 1) and Parcel B (North Plains Filing 2)
NADG has formally submitted its Plans & Specifications for the park and landscape improvements on Parcel A and Parcel B to the District to consider for approval. Please see below for information regarding the timeline for the District’s consideration for approval and opportunities for public comment.
- February 21 – NADG formally submitted the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications to the District to consider for approval. Pursuant to the inclusion agreement with NADG, Plans & Specifications may be submitted in phases as they are completed, and must be submitted prior to County approval of the same. The District has 45 days from the date of submittal to review the Plans & Specifications. If the District has comments or objections to the Plans & Specifications, it must provide formal notice to NADG by the 45-day deadline; otherwise, the Plans & Specifications are deemed approved.
- February 22 Board meeting – The Board discussed the process for the Plans & Specifications at the District Board meeting.
- February 23 – An online survey (see below for more information regarding the survey) was developed for residents to submit comments regarding the parks and recreation Plans & Specifications for Parcel A (North Plains Filing 1) and Parcel B (North Plains Filing 2). All comments were due March 11.
- March 8 – A virtual community meeting was held with NADG to receive public feedback regarding the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications.
- March 22 Board Meeting – The Board discussed the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications, and the public comment received from the online survey and March 8 community meeting. The Board directed staff and legal counsel to prepare the District’s comments and objections to the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications to submit to NADG.
- March 28 – The District’s comments and objections to the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications were submitted to NADG. Upon receipt of the District’s comments and objections, NADG will have the opportunity to revise the park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications, and to resubmit them to the District for further consideration.
- April 5 Special Board Meeting – the Board granted its approval of the revised park and landscape improvements Plans & Specifications.
- April 7 – District deadline for submitting comments or objections to NADG.
- May 24 MD Board Meeting – the Board reviewed and approved the North American Development Group Plans & Specifications Outstanding Items. Additional information is available at the buttons below.
- November 3 – NADG submitted to the District proposed Plans & Specifications for the irrigation systems on Parcels A and B of NADG’s planned development within the Hogback Metropolitan District.
- November 14 – MD Board Meeting – the Board reviewed and approved the Plans & Specifications for the irrigation systems on Parcels A and B.
NADG Virtual Community Meeting via Zoom – March 8, 2022
NADG discussed specifics of the Plans & Specifications for parks and recreation for Parcel A and Parcel B. The meeting presentation and meeting recording are available at the buttons below.
NADG Community Outreach Events & Timeline
NADG hosted two Community Outreach events on Feb. 7 & 8, consisting of an overview presentation of its Ken-Caryl developments, followed by a Q&A session. The presentation and the Q&A list from both meetings are available below.
January 10, 2022 – Inclusion Agreement Public Information Session
The Metropolitan District hosted a public information session on January 10, 2022, regarding the Agreement for Inclusion of Property with North American Development Group (NADG), which governs the process for inclusion of the NADG property into Metropolitan District boundaries, and the transfer of the park and recreation facilities that NADG is building to the Metropolitan District. This agreement was approved by the Metropolitan District Board on October 26, 2021, and by NADG on November 4, 2021, and is currently in the process of implementation. Information regarding the Agreement for Inclusion of Property was reviewed by District staff and legal counsel, and the community was invited to ask questions they may have regarding the agreement and its implementation. A copy of the agreement can be viewed with the button below. The public information session was at the Ranch House at 6:00 p.m. and was available via Zoom.
Order Including Real Property Into Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District
January 4, 2022 – Joint Study Session
The Metropolitan District and Master Association conducted a Joint Study Session on Tuesday, January 4. One agenda item included an update regarding the new North American Development Group (NADG) land development. Representatives from (NADG) were present to provide updated information regarding site plans, development timelines, and architectural plans. The meeting was held at the Ranch House starting at 6:00 p.m. and was available via Zoom.
October 27, 2021
The Metropolitan District Board approved the Inclusion Agreement with North American Development Group on Tuesday, October 26 at its regular October meeting. Several administrative tasks will follow at likely the December meeting when the Board will conduct a public hearing on the Petition for Inclusion of Property and approve the Resolution and Certified Order of Inclusion of Property.
October 26, 2021
The Metropolitan District will hold its regular October Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Ranch House and via Zoom. The Metropolitan District Board is considering a potential inclusion agreement with North American Development Group regarding the new land development and its potential inclusion into Metropolitan District’s boundaries. This consideration, as well as potential approval, will occur at the meeting Tuesday evening. This meeting may be one of the final opportunities for community members to provide feedback. See the Agenda and Board Packet for more information.
Aug. 17, 2021
North American Development (NADG) group was approved to form the Hogback Metropolitan District. This approval was granted by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 17, 2021.
NADG – North American Development Group
HMD – Hogback Metropolitan District
KCRMD – Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District
KCRMA – Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association
PMD – Plains Metropolitan District
BCC – Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
Approximately 94 acres of privately owned land is proposed to be developed for residential use. The land is currently within the KCRMA’s boundaries but not the KCRMD’s boundaries. The proposed development area includes three parcels:
Parcel A: North of Ken Caryl Ave. and east of C-470 (also called the North Bowl)
Parcel B: Southwest corner of Chatfield/Simms and Ken Caryl Ave. (north of the Sunset Ridge community)
Parcel C: North of RTD Park ‘n Ride
Order Including Real Property Into Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District
Of the total 94 acres, 12 acres are proposed to be developed for parks, trails, common landscape and recreation facilities and 30 acres to be retained as natural open space. Another seven acres were planned as a future Jefferson County School District school site. The Jeffco School District has indicated they are no longer interested in the site. The future of this seven acres has not been determined at this point. It is anticipated that at full buildout the development will contain 755 residential units, with the expectation that 44 units will be completed in 2023, 468 will be completed in 2024, 159 will be completed in 2025, and 84 will be completed in 2026. The development will include single-family homes, townhomes/paired homes, and multi-family units. Neither KCMRD nor KCMRA has any control over whether the property is developed, or the nature of the development , including if the properties are rented, leased, or owner-occupied.
The development’s location within KCRMA boundaries but not KCRMD boundaries is problematic from an overall Ken-Caryl Ranch community standpoint. KCRMD explored options for addressing this issue, including the possibility of entering into an “inclusion agreement” with NADG. “Inclusion” is a special districts term that is analogous to a municipal annexation. Entering into an inclusion agreement with NADG would result in the new development’s property being included into KCRMD’s boundaries, thus ensuring all property owners, both current and those of the new development, pay property tax at the same rate to sustain KCRMD’s operations.
The Metropolitan District Board approved the Inclusion Agreement with North American Development Group on Tuesday, October 26 at its regular October meeting. The properties will be included into KCRMD in early 2023, once numerous conditions for the inclusion have been satisfied. These include:
- Property is excluded from the jurisdictional boundaries of the Plains Metropolitan District, where it is currently located. Plains Metropolitan District has already approved the exclusion of the property from its jurisdictional boundaries. See Plains MD Resolution to Exclude NADG Property.
- NADG successfully establishes a new metropolitan district over the property, called Hogback Metropolitan District, to assist NADG with the financing and construction of the development. This was completed on Aug. 17, 2021 at the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners meeting.
- The final plats for development of the Property (Parcel A Filings 1, 2 and 3; Parcel B, Filings 1, 2, 3 and 4; and Parcel C Filings 1 and 2) are approved by Jefferson County and recorded in the public records of the County. This is currently in progress.
- All plans and specifications for the parks and recreation improvements within the development are approved by KCRMD. This is currently in progress.
Possible Parks and Recreation Improvements: The inclusion agreement also provides that NADG and/or HMD, at no cost to KCRMD, will plan, design, finance, and construct certain park and recreation improvements within the development consistent with the Final Plats and other applicable requirements of Jefferson County. After the park and recreation improvements are constructed, ownership and operation of those improvements will be transferred to KCRMD for no charge. KCRMD would own the park and recreation improvements and would manage them as public property open to all users, just as it does with the park and recreation facilities currently owned or operated by KCMRD. Among the park and recreation improvements to be constructed within the property are:
- Neighborhood park (approximately 2.5 acres)
- Trail corridors: neighborhood park to Chatfield High School; connect eastern cul-de-sacs to neighborhood park; and
- Alkire Loop Road streetscape
- Neighborhood park, greenspace, and trail (approximately 4.98 acres)
- Ken-Caryl Avenue landscape buffer
- Chatfield Avenue landscape buffer
- Landscape buffer along western boundary of Parcel B
- No public amenities are planned; all will be privately developed and only available to the multi-family development
KCRMD will be afforded the opportunity to review, comment on, and approve the planning and design of the parks and recreation improvements prior to their construction. During the construction and installation of the parks and recreation improvements, KCRMD will be afforded reasonable advance notice of the installation of landscaping materials and/or irrigation systems, or any parts thereof, and will be permitted to have representatives on-site to observe the installation. KCRMD will subsequently agree to accept ownership of such parks and recreation improvements so long as the parks and recreation improvements are constructed in accordance with industry standards and the plans and specifications that KCRMD approved. If any parks and recreation improvement was constructed against industry standards or the approved plans and specifications, then KCRMD will not have to accept ownership of it. KCRMD will be solely responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of any parks and recreation improvements for which it accepts ownership, and will operate and maintain them to the same standards as all other comparable park and recreations improvements owned or operated by KCRMD. These improvements will become public improvements available to any and all users no matter residency status.
Master Association Number of Properties
Full Build Out
Metropolitan District Estimate of Residents
Using the current estimated number of units (755) and census tract per household calculation (2.53) the total estimated population increase is 1,906. This is a 20% increase in population to KCRMD’s overall estimated population. However, using Residential Industry Household Calculators for different housing units (Single Family 2.5, Townhome 2.25, Multi Family 1.8), the population estimate is 1,620 which is a 17% increase. *Unit numbers vary slightly from service plan to plat submittals. KCRMD is utilizing the same 755 units as HMD for purposes of financial forecasting.
Exhibits, Plans and Additional Information:
The following exhibits and plans are all included in the NADG Exhibits and Plans document. Please click on the links below to view.
- NADG Traffic Impact Study 5.11.20
- NADG Traffic Impact Study 11.2.21
- Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Information
- Hogback Metropolitan District Service Plan
- Parcel A Proposed Ownership and Maintenance Exhibit
- Parcel Locations
- Plains Metropolitan District Resolution to Approve Petition for Exclusion of NADG Properties, May 20, 2021
- Hogback Metropolitan District – Formal Service Plan Submittal to Jefferson County (includes all documents related to filing)
- 1972 Official Development Plan for Ken-Caryl Ranch
Planning and Zoning and Traffic
For specific traffic related concerns, please contact Case Manager Heather Gutherless, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-271-8716 from Jefferson County Planning and Zoning.
Submit a Question
If you have a question about the development, the potential inclusion agreement, or project related questions, you can email email@example.com. Questions will also be used to add or update the list of Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page and used as part of the public participation process. If you have a question related to Planning and Zoning or Jefferson County regulations, please visit www.jeffco.us/planning-zoning for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who owns the land? NADG (North American Development Group, Inc.) entered a contract in December 2019 to purchase the property from Denver Residential, Inc. who had held the property undeveloped in its current vacant land status since 1987. Closing on purchase of the property occurred on November 30, 2020.
- Where is each parcel located?
- Parcel A: North of Ken Caryl Ave. and east of C-470 (also called the North Bowl)
- Parcel B: Southwest corner of Chatfield/Simms and Ken Caryl Ave. (north of the Sunset Ridge community)
- Parcel C: North of RTD Park ‘n Ride
- Why don’t we just leave this land as open space? The land is privately owned and has been zoned residential since the Official Development Plan was created in the 1970s. Once a zone district is approved by the Board of County Commissioners, the new zoning is effective and runs with the land. The land would not revert to open space if unused, it would remain residential. Since the land is privately owned and zoned residential (not open space) neither KCMRD nor KCMRA has any control over whether the property is developed, or the nature of the development.
- Where does the process stand with Jefferson County Planning and Zoning? If you have a question related to Planning and Zoning or Jefferson County regulations, please visit www.jeffco.us/planning-zoning for more information.
- How many new units will be constructed in total? Currently, Parcel A is anticipated to include 249 single-family homes, Parcel B is anticipated to include 201 townhome/paired homes, and Parcel C is anticipated to include 313 multi-family units. *These numbers vary slightly from service plan to plat submittals. KCRMD is utilizing the same 755 units as HMD for purposes of financial forecasting.
- What is the difference between the Hogback Metropolitan District, Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association, and the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District?
- The Hogback Metropolitan District’s service plan includes the design, acquisition, installation, construction, and financing of basic infrastructure and improvements necessary for the construction of residential units on the property, such as sanitation, water, streets, traffic and safety controls, landscaping, parks and recreation, and other public improvements. These improvements would be financed through a debt mill levy not to exceed $32 million, which would be paid entirely by the properties within the Hogback Metropolitan District. The general obligation bonds are set to mature at 30 years. Once the bond is paid off for that infrastructure, the HMD would own and maintain the public improvements that are not part of the inclusion agreement. The Hogback Metropolitan District will continue to operate after the bonds are paid off and will have customary operational duties as well as provide maintenance services for private streets and private landscape parcels.
- Property owners within the Hogback Metropolitan District would pay monthly residential dues to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association. The dues include, but are not limited to, weekly trash and recycling service, access to private open space and trails, resident rates at the Equestrian Center for boarding and lessons, Life at Ken-Caryl newspaper, and other community communications; and covenant and architectural oversight.
- Now that the inclusion agreement has been approved, the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District will be the provider of parks and recreation services to its current residents as well as any residents of Hogback Metropolitan District that would like to participate in programs or utilize public facilities. Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District also will own and operate the newly developed park and recreation spaces within the property as public areas.
- How do I learn more about the required process through Jefferson County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners? Case Number: 21-108976SV and Case Number: 21-121001PF
- What impact will this have on the roads? A Traffic Impact Study was completed on May 11, 2020 and an Updated Traffic Study in November of 2021. For specific traffic related concerns, please contact the Case Manager from Jefferson County Planning and Zoning.
- What will be the population increase? Using the number of units (755) and census tract per household calculation (2.53) the total estimated population increase is 1,906. This is a 20% increase in population to KCRMD’s overall estimated population. However, using Residential Industry Household Calculators for different housing units (Single Family 2.5, Townhome 2.25, Multi Family 1.8), the population estimate is 1,620 which is a 17% increase. *Unit numbers vary slightly from service plan to plat submittals. KCRMD is utilizing the same 755 units as HMD for purposes of financial forecasting.