Steamboat Springs What looked to be a relatively cut-and-dry application for a replat in Old Town may become somewhat more complicated due to a fierce neighborhood feud, say city planners.
The city Planning Commission scheduled a special hearing for tonight to review Kay Sieverding's request for a replat of her property into two lots off of Princeton Ave.
Kevin Bennett, the president of the Steamboat Springs City Council, also lives off of Princeton Ave. and the neighbors have been involved in a variety of disputes, many of which have to do with development code issues.
Most recently, Sieverding claimed the Bennetts, who were proceeding with the construction of a garage and a refurbishing of a log shed this summer, were not complying with city regulations.
Sieverding issued a "notice of intent to sue" to City Council members in December and has publicly claimed the council president is receiving preferential treatment because of his position of power.
Sieverding said she is worried that her vocal opposition to the construction will put her replat in jeopardy.
City Planner Tom Leeson said, though Sieverding's application meets all of the city code requirements and could have been approved by the city planning director after a Planning Commission worksession, the city received written objections prior to the approval.
Those written objections one of which came from Jane Bennett, the council president's wife who has a restraining order against Sieverding forced the city to take the application to a public hearing.
Leeson said the meeting may end up evoking more public reaction than most similar replats because of the neighborhood feud.
Sieverding wants to divide her property into two lots, the second of which would have access from both Princeton Avenue and Pawintah Street. The new lot would be large enough to accommodate a duplex unit.
The idea of a duplex in the neighborhood upset nearby residents, such as Ann and Frank Bradley, enough to make them register written objections with the city.
Leeson said there will likely be at least six people who show up for the hearing.
Neither of the Bennetts will be showing up to the hearing (Kevin because he is the council president and Jane because she says contact with Sieverding causes her distress).
Sieverding, in response to what she claims has been an unjust defamation of her reputation, said she will put her property up for sale and move away from Steamboat Springs after she gets the replat.