Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Steamboat Springs The Routt County Regional Planning Department is gearing up to get public comment on a new regulation that would mitigate the impacts buildings have in some of the Yampa Valley's scenic area.
The county has identified about 4,500 properties that could be affected by the regulation, if the owners choose to build a structure on the property. Last week, about 3,000 Routt County landowners received a letter informing them about being in one of the scenic skylines. The areas identified are scenic views three miles off potions of U.S. 40, Colorado 131, Colo. 134 and some of the highly traveled county roads, Routt County Assistant Planning Director Chad Phillips said.
Any property within 100 feet of the visual areas could be subject to height restrictions on building. The height restrictions would be applied if the structure is 40-feet high in the skyline when looking from one of the roads identified.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 1, the planning department will hold a public meeting at Steamboat Springs Centennial Hall to explain the new regulations.
A map is posted outside of the planning office at the Routt County Courthouse that shows all of the scenic areas and how they impact property. County officials want to be clear in saying the skyline regulation does not mean people can't build on their property.