New subdivision in the works

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— The owners of the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club have submitted a proposal to the city of Steamboat Springs to create a new 14-home subdivision that would necessitate moving the entrance to the golf course from Country Club Drive to South Steamboat Boulevard.

Graystone Park would wrap around a scrub oak and boulder-covered hillside immediately east of the golf course clubhouse.

Tentative subdivision covenants on file with the city indicate the minimum size for homes in the subdivision would be 3,500 square feet, not including attached caretaker units.

City Planner Tracey Hughes said Tuesday the subdivision proposal is undergoing technical review and no public hearing date has yet been set for consideration of the major development permit application.

Among the neighboring subdivisions to Graystone Park are Country Club Highlands, the Male Property subdivision, The Greens and The Highlands.

Hughes said access to the subdivision would begin at the point where vehicles now turn off Country Club Drive to go to the clubhouse.

But the interior loop road for the subdivision will interfere with the existing golf access.

A new access road for the golf course is proposed below the clubhouse on Steamboat Boulevard, toward the Sanctuary subdivision from the turn-in to the Sheraton's new golf course maintenance structure.

The formal name for the developer of Graystone Park is Ski Time Square Enterprises. That business entity shares ownership with the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center, the Sheraton golf course and commercial buildings in Ski Time Square.

Graystone marks the second time in two years the owners of the Sheraton properties have approached the city to develop a new subdivision close to the golf course. Stonebridge Preserve, which creates 12 luxury home sites next to Fish Creek and the 18th green, is nearing completion on Steamboat Boulevard.

Architect Chip Weincek said creation of Graystone Park will necessitate subdividing 75 acres of land into three new parcels; the first parcel would contain the subdivision, the second would allow for the new road and the third would be dedicated to open space.

"The owner would permanently place the third parcel of 59 acres into open space and remove any development rights from this parcel," Weincek wrote in a letter to planning staff.

Other firms working on the project include Johnson Kunkel (engineers); Transplan Associates of Boulder has completed a draft traffic study of the project and Western Bionomics has identified possible impacted wetlands.

A tentative site plan for the subdivision and new road show an adjacent soft surface footpath/cross-country ski trail. The Steamboat Ski Touring Center operates out of the golf course clubhouse in the winter.

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