Commissioners shoot down campground plans

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— Ray Selbe didn't have to convince Routt County commissioners Tuesday that visitors to the area could use another campground.

The campground's proposed site was a harder sell.

Selbe asked the county for permission to build his proposed Eagle Soaring RV Resort seven miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40.

The campground would have sat on 23 acres of land currently used for minimal cattle grazing.

The county commissioners agreed RV parks were lacking in the county but were more concerned about approving development on agricultural land that has historically been largely undisturbed.

They unanimously voted against Selbe's proposal.

The Routt County Master Plan recommends that agricultural land developed for recreation and tourism be used no more intensely than when it was used for agricultural purposes.

"The intensity of use that's proposed is way too much for this site," County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

Selbe wanted to turn more of a profit on his land while meeting a growing recreational need in the county.

He proposed a campground that could service 53 RV spaces with electricity, showers and privy stations between Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

Stahoviak said she thought the proposal was laudable but was in the wrong place.

She and County Commissioner Doug Monger advised Selbe to reduce the number of RV spaces on his proposed campground. They suggested a figure more comparable to the 14-unit RV site at Yampa River State Park near Hayden.

"Fifty-three on this site is unacceptable," Monger said.

The county commissioners were also wary about approving the campground when questions still remained about plans for the park's water supply and wastewater disposal facilities.

The Routt County Planning Commission, in an earlier meeting, asked how campers would dispose of their water used in food preparation and dishwashing.

Selbe now must return to the county planning commissioners with a new proposal before the County Board of Commissioners hears his request again.

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