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Zoning opens door to flex building behind Home Depot

City council unanimously approves change

Longmont City Council unanimously approved rezoning and concept plan amendment for the parcel behind the Home Depot and Target in Longmont.

Without any discussion, the council approved rezoning the 3.82 acre parcel from Mixed Use Regional Center, or MU-R, to Mixed Use Employment, or MU-E. Macy Development Company owns the property that sits on the northeast corner of Dry Creek Drive and Lykins Gulch Road.

The parcel has Home Depot to the east, Target to the south and an undeveloped portion of the Fairgrounds Marketplace property to the north, all zoned MU-R. The Nova West multifamily residential, zoned MU-E, is under construction to the west.

MU-R allows for land uses geared toward large format retail, restaurants and similar entertainment uses, with secondary uses like offices, high density retail and other supporting nonresidential employment uses. However, according to a staff memo, the size and orientation of this property makes it challenging to find a user able to develop a use consistent with what is permitted.

In June 2021, the applicant proposed a 32,700 square foot industrial/flex space building on the property, but staff found that the proposal was not consistent with the current zoning. Instead of revising the proposal, the applicant pursued a zone change that would allow for the originally proposed concept.

Along with approving the rezoning and concept plan amendment, the city council approved an amendment to the comprehensive plan that was triggered by the rezoning.