Libby Barnacle believes she knows what people want and expect in Greenwood Village. A member of the city’s planning and zoning commission since December, 2015, she felt like the June 2017 city referendum “was a charge for me to step up.” Barnacle says she has “been a leader in keeping this a great place to live.” She says that the referendum and election that followed in November 2017 “presented itself as a mandate to city council.”
Her goal as a member of the city council would be to “continue to champion safety in our schools and neighborhoods.” She is a strong supporter of a police presence in the Cherry Creek Schools (CCS) via the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Barnacle believes there should be additional officers added to the program. When it was revised recently to include a written contract between GV and CCS, only one new SRO was added.
Regarding development in GV, Barnacle would like to see the Boot Barn, which recently changed hands, at 8500 E. Orchard Road, possibly redeveloped into a food hall or retail center with offices. She does not support multi-family residential development there or anywhere else in GV. (The city’s recently revised comprehensive plan says “Higher density residential development will be discouraged in the Corridor. For purposes of the Corridor Planning Area, higher density residential is a use that exceeds on average four dwelling units per acre.) The “Corridor” is the area adjacent to I-25.
She also said that there is a need for more low-maintenance residential property for residents who want to downsize and stay in Greenwood Village and that it needs to be explored. She likes the quarter-acre residential development idea outlined in the comprehensive plan but doesn’t know where it could be built in the city.
Barnacle talked about potential new development south of the Landmark Towers, which is only in the discussion stage. Nothing official has been presented to the city. The rumored proposal would be a multi-step development for the elderly, starting with independent living all the way to hospice care. Barnacle would consider such a proposal if it met city council’s criteria and would fit the needs of residents.
Barnacle would like to see a possible shuttle bus between GV’s neighborhood and its shopping areas. She would also promote the use of light rail as a way to address traffic concerns, but noted there is little parking at the Orchard Light Rail station.
Regarding the Orchard Station area, Barnacle believes that it needs “the right developer,” but noted that “developers are gun shy” after the 2017 referendum and change in the city council. Barnacle sees herself as business friendly and open-minded.
Libby Barnacle, a former prosecutor, is the mother of two daughters attending the Cherry Creek Schools and a lifelong resident of Greenwood Village. She is also the daughter of a current member of GV’s city council, Judy Hilton, who is running for re-election unopposed in district 4.
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