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Alpine annexation plans delayed

(Daily Herald) The Three Falls subdivision hit a setback Tuesday night when Alpine's annexation of the Melby property was delayed at the City Council meeting. The delay was over the issue of when the developer should have to bond for the future road.

"With the beautiful economy we are enjoying, it could be upwards of five years," developer Will Jones said.

The property to be annexed is 3.534 acres of land that would connect the Three Falls subdivision to Alpine Cove, which is part of the county.

"The only reason we are doing this is for the subdivision's benefit, to have a second access," Alpine city administrator Ted Stillman said.

As agreed thus far between the two parties, the development doesn't need a second access until it passes the halfway point in construction. At that point, the developer would have to construct the road across the Melby property to the Cove.

After the property is annexed, it would belong to the city of Alpine in entirety and be designated open space with no construction with the exception of the road allowed.

Alpine staff proposed that Jones bond for the future road as soon as the annexation takes place. This would tie up a large chunk of money from the developer for a road that might never be built.

City attorney David Church proposed the idea of bonding the road now to avoid future trouble for the city if Jones and his partners sold the project without building the road.

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