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Jeffco commissioners approve rezoning for outdoor storage, light industrial use in Bergen Park

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By Sandy Barnes

The Jefferson County commissioners have approved a rezoning request from Evergreen Mercantile to permit outdoor storage of RVs and light industrial use on a 4.25-acre property in Bergen Park.
"The owners would like to change the zoning to allow a few new uses," said Doug Reed of Fine Line Consulting, who represented the developer at the hearing on March 12.  "Rezoning sets the stage for a site development plan."
Light industrial enterprise on the site would take place inside a building, Reed explained. Other uses would be "tweaked" to comply with the zoning, he said.
"A plumber could have a display store, but not a shop," Reed said. "There could be a plant store, but not a nursery."
To allay concerns of nearby residents, conditions were added to the site rezoning from commercial 1 to planned development. The outdoor storage area on the property bordering Bergen Parkway must have a 140-foot setback, and 14-foot trees are required on the east side for screening purposes. The height of lighting also has been adjusted to a maximum of 12 feet.
During a community meeting on the proposed rezoning several months ago, residents near the site expressed concerns about lighting, noise and unwanted visual impacts created by RV storage on the property.
While responding to a question from Commissioner Don Rosier about emergency access, Reed said that a gated entrance on Sugarbush Road could meet the requirement.