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Oak Creek again tackles land-use code

Nicole Inglis

At its biweekly meeting tonight, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider a second reading of the town's updated land-use code as well as review a request for a mineral lease near Oak Creek Reservoir.

The board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall, when it officially could adopt the updated code.

According to consultant Susan Corser, who worked on revamping the code, the major change will be transferring to a "performance zoning" format. Previously, the code allowed any use in any part of town but included provisions for mitigating impacts. Now, the code is a hybrid, zoning certain areas for single-family homes, retail, light industrial use and mixed use. Each district has a list of what uses are allowed, conditional or prohibited.

The code also includes a "rudimentary" architectural review component and basic design standards as well as a pre-application work session with Oak Creek Planning Commission for potential builders.

The code would take effect 30 days after its adoption, Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

The board also will consider a resolution on electric rates. A utilities study done in 2008 recommended that the town increase its electric rates incrementally for four or five years after that to keep up with rising maintenance and equipment costs.

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The town raised electric rates in 2009 and 2010 and is scheduled to decide at tonight's meeting whether to continue the annual rate increase for 2011.

In addition, the board will consider a letter sent by Hunter Land Services, in which the energy company requested to lease rights to the minerals under the ground near Oak Creek Reservoir. The company is looking for permission to possibly bring in equipment to drill on the land for subsurface.

Also during the meeting, Sarah Boyle and Kevin McGarity will give a presentation about Global Youth Service Day and look for input on projects for this year's student service day in April.

Historical society expands

Renee Johnson, president of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, will request from the Town Board a waiver of water and sewer charges on a property the group recently bought.

The building, at 130 E. Main St. in Oak Creek, is across the street from the Tracks and Trails Museum.

"The back end of the garage we will probably use for storage," Johnson said. "We're not sure what all the front will be used for. We'd like it to be a place of activities."

The building served as a gas station when it was built in the 1930s. Johnson said the society hopes to dig up the station's original name and restore it to the front of the building and possibly turn it into a visitor center.

She said that they had looked at buying the building for several years but that the price was right when they closed on it March 1 for $60,000. They bought the property from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

"We can use the extra space," Johnson said. "You know how museums are."

She said the building would require work.

"We still have to do some renovation. We're probably a good year to year-and-a-half out. But it's an exciting move for us."

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@steamboatpilot.com

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Read more about Oak Creek Town Board’s update of the land-use code here: “Oak Creek on home stretch to approve updated land-use code

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