Proposed development faces skyline questions


— Skyline issues may pose problems for a residential development proposed near the new Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will review a conceptual proposal tonight for 11 single-family lots on a prominent knoll on a 13-acre site at the intersection of Mt. Werner Road and Pine Grove Road, across from the Chart House restaurant .

The developer, Theodore Christner, revised an earlier plan that called for three triplex lots and 16 duplex lots, which would have required a rezoning request.

The city's skyline and ridgeline ordinance prohibits structures that protrude into the skyline. The Christner site contains a highly visible knoll that has been designated as a "property containing a visually significant skyline as viewed from designated public vantage points," according to City Planner Kathleen Easley. Easley said the lots cover the knoll and one lot is placed on the top of it.

Christner and architect Eric Smith submitted photos to the planning department in an effort to persuade the planning director to exempt the project from the skyline ordinance. Easley stated in the information packet prepared for tonight's meeting that the planning director does not feel there is sufficient evidence to exempt the Christner development.

"Staff feels it is imperative that the applicant demonstrate that no structures will protrude into the skyline/ridgeline. Staff feels this will be very difficult to prove and should be addressed up front, prior to submittal of a major development permit," Easley states.

The Planning Commission will review the Christner project on a conceptual basis tonight. No vote will be taken.

Also tonight, the Planning Commission will review a major development permit for the Design Center at Steamboat, a 26,304-square-foot industrial building planned for west Steamboat.

City planners are recommending approval of the project, which is described in the information packet as a commercial development accommodating a variety of businesses related to the design field in a one-stop shopping environment.

The shopping center is proposed for a two-acre lot on Curve Court next to Peterson Funeral Home and across from Sears and Steamboat Lumber.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Public Safety Building at 840 Yampa St.

-- To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail


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