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Annexation request leads to plans to extend St. Vrain Greenway trail system

The property is shared with Boulder County
USED 3.20.21 good morning Longmonters enjoying the spring weather with a walk along the St. Vrain Greenway
Longmonters enjoying a walk on a warm spring day along the St. Vrain Greenway.

Longmont will start the process to annex a 132-acre open space parcel that includes the Peschel property and Quicksilver Road. The Peschel property is located in Weld County, east of County Line Road between East Ken Pratt Boulevard and County Road 20.5.

City council, Tuesday night, approved an annexation referral for the Peschel parcel as well as Quicksilver Road, signaling the start of a process that will include public hearings before a final decision by the city council for the annexation.

The city does not plan to develop the property which is a trailhead for the St. Vrain Greenway trail system, Erin Fosdick, principal planner for Longmont, told the council. Quicksilver Road is located in unincorporated Boulder County and the Peschel property is located in unincorporated Weld County.

The city and Boulder County are each 50% owners of the Peschel property, according to a city staff report. Quicksilver is currently a gravel road and its annexation will let the city govern the use and classification of Quicksilver as a connection for both existing and future development to access the St. Vrain Greenway, according to a city staff report.

“This idea makes sense,” said City Councilmember Polly Christensen during Tuesday’s meeting.