5735 Prospect Rd.
Longmont, CO 80503

Reception Hall Proposed for County Special Use Permit

On December 1, 1999 Silvano and Elvira De Luca proposed the construction of a residence, plus a reception hall to be used primarily for wedding and group meetings, to be located on approximately 43 acres of agricultural land below the hogback on the east side of the North Foothills Highway and north of Nebo Road. The property is located in the open area adjacent to the north boundary of the small farms on the north side of Nebo Road.

Access to the site is from the North Foothills Highway, approximately mile north of Nebo Road. The project is currently under consideration by the Boulder County Planning and the Planning Board for a special use permit, Docket SU-99-14: Villa Flavia SU/SSDP.

Included in the project is a reception hall of 8483 square feet, which includes 2,315 square feet of residential floor area. A detached garage of864 square feet on the main floor has 500 square feet of potential habitable space on the second floor, and a 2,048 square foot barn is proposed at the north end of a parking lot for 60 cars. The exterior design is Tuscan in nature (stucco, stone, tile roof, earth tones), one story, with a 27 ft. tall tower. The proposed facility will use Left Hand Water and have its own septic system to handle the projected 2,000 gallons of wastewater per day. According to the proposal, extensive landscaping is planned, and user groups will have specific contracts that include rules about parking, music, outdoor uses, etc.

The reception hall will have a maximum occupancy of 200 people, but the proposal states that it will average fewer than 150 people per wedding reception and even fewer people for group meetings. The proposal also states that wedding receptions will occur primarily on weekends, with small group meetings during the week. No restaurant facilities will be located onsite, and all events will be catered. Mr. and Mrs. De Luca plan to live onsite.

The proposal states that no community capital improvements will be needed, that the use is not an over-intensive use of the parcel, that a conservation easement will preserve the most productive agricultural land, and that it will not adversely impact the health, safety, or welfare of Boulder Country residents. To review the proposal, please visit the Boulder Country Land Use Department, 2045 13th Street (13th and Spruce, SW corner, second floor) in Boulder.

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