Steamboat Springs Hayden residents Keith and Diane Barnett hope to have an indoor equestrian center up and running by fall, after getting a recommendation for approval from the Routt County Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission voted unanimously this week in favor of the Barnetts' plan to build a public arena for horses on 15 acres of land near the Haven.
Also Thursday, the Planning Commission: Recommended approval of a 10-year extension of Twentymile Coal Co.s special use permit to mine coal on more than 21,000 acres near the intersection of County Roads 27 and 33; Approved a new plan for the Sky Valley subdivision on Rabbit Ears Pass. Landowners Steve Myler and Michael Lomas plan to divide 12 acres behind the Timbers Village into five lots, with five acres of open space. Two of the lots already have existing lodge buildings; two more lots would house triplex units and one lot would hold a single-family house; Recommended approval of a 13-lot subdivision in Stagecoach called Lynx Basin Estates. Brent Romick proposes to divide approximately 70 acres into lots of three to five acres, leaving approximately 12 acres of open space; Recommended approval of a plan to merge six lots in Steamboat Lake subdivision into one five-acre parcel.
Keith Barnett plans to use a 100-foot by 200-foot Quonset hut, a prefabricated metal building, that was previously used as the Moffat County Ice Arena and the Hayden High School gym. Barnett said he realizes that visibility is a concern, but he expects the dull gray of the building to blend with proposed landscaping.
The Board of County Commissioners will review the Two Socks equestrian arena at a public hearing on July 11. That same day, the board also will make decisions on several other petitions heard by the Planning Commission this week.