Council will discuss development

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— A proposal for an 11-single-family home development could draw some opposition at tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Neighbors bordering the proposed 14-acre subdivision at the intersection of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads have raised objections over a lack of a secondary access to the development, and the proposed closing of a street's access to Mount Werner Road.
A lack of a secondary access, which would connect the Mountview Park subdivision to other neighborhoods, was a sticking point for some members on the planning commission. The commission approved the plan 4-3 on March 23 with Tracy Barnett, Dick Curtis and Dana Stopher voting against it.
Barnett said that not having the secondary access, which was proposed off of Central Park Drive, could be dangerous with more than 25 homes relying on the primary access of Trollhaugen Court.
"I feel that any subdivision should have more than one way to get in and out," Barnett said.
At the March planning commission meeting, Stopher also voted not to approve the plan because of a lack of a secondary access. But Commission Chair Kathi Meyer said that although a secondary access is warranted, the applicant's strong but failed effort in adding one into the site plan encouraged her to approve the plan.
The applicant, Christner Development, had been in contact with the Yampa Valley Medical Center, which owns part of the land the access would have to go through to reach the subdivision. However, the medical center would not grant the easement.
Meyer said she passed the plan because of the applicant's good faith effort and said the road veering off of Center Park Drive is the most logical area for a secondary access.
"That really is the best, safest and smartest place," she said. "I thought it was really unfortunate that for whatever reason the hospital did not grant the easement."
Under the planners approval, the developer has to approach the medical center one more time to see if a second access can be built.
Another issue the neighbors held as a major concern was the proposal to close the Mountview Lane and Mount Werner Road intersection. The city had proposed to eliminate left turns both into and out of Mountview Lane because of the potential traffic congestion that could build up on Mount Werner Road.
In a separate application, the developer is asking that the 14-acre tract of land be rezoned to allow for 11 secondary units to be built with the 11-single-family units.

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