Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved 18 new free-standing townhomes in the Angler's Retreat development at the intersection of Anglers Drive and Rollingstone Drive.
Spokesman for the developers Jim Cook said he is making every effort to to show sensitivity to the site, which contains numerous wetlands and is bounded to the south by Fish Creek.
"We're trying to make these units disappear into the site," Cook said.
Cook added that four units have been trimmed from the original proposal and the building footprints were deliberately kept small to allow each townhome to be positioned so as to necessitate the cutting of as few trees as possible.
During Tuesday night's council meeting, when the subdivision was approved, Councilman Jim Engelken told Cook he would be watching closely to be certain construction on the site does not result in silt running into Fish Creek.
"I'm very concerned about construction site management," Engelken said. He pointed out that the city experienced significant problems with erosion on construction sites early this summer, and is moving into a new era of vigilance in that regard.
As a condition of its approval, council agreed with Planning Commission and required Cook to pave trails along private roads within the subdivision, as well as along a primary access to the creek. However, they will allow Cook to install soft surface trails elsewhere in Anglers Retreat.
The townhomes in Anglers Retreat will be built on a 6.43-acre site. They will resemble single-family homes more than traditional townhomes in multi-family buildings. Cook said the grounds of the development will be managed and cared for by a homeowners association, in the same way that condominium properties are managed.
The architecture by Eric Smith Associates is in a mountain-cottage style. Cook said the homes will have sprinkler systems installed for protection against fire.
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