Oak Creek subdivision planned

Sierra View asks Town Board for OK to build in Rossi Meadow

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— An 18.64-acre subdivision that was proposed to the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night received mixed responses from trustees.

Tim Geiger of Sierra View Development Group, L.L.C. proposed the subdivision, located just outside the town's south boundary, in the area known as Rossi Meadow. Geiger also requested the land be annexed.

The majority of Oak Creek officials attending the meeting, including Public Works Director Jim Photos, was in favor of the development.

Photos and others in support urged the board to use extra caution in proceeding with the project, because the subdivision could raise the town's population by nearly 20 percent.

Oak Creek's population is just more than 800, and the Sierra View development would house about 170 people, Geiger said.

Some residents said the property would not work because the land is a "moving hill" and is not safe because it is constantly shifting. Poor drainage was raised as another possible problem.

Geiger said the moving hill was his first concern but said geological tests show the site is stable and feasible. Furthermore, Geiger said, each home site would be tested again to make sure every aspect is safe and sufficient for building.

Geiger said the development would raise revenue by more than $69,000 a year and would help the economy with more jobs, as well.

Trustee Mike Kien said the revenue would need to cover project-related costs incurred by the town, including road access improvements. Geiger said Sierra View would cover all aspects in the subdivision, including roadways, streetlights, water and sewer amenities, and also would assist the town in extending water and sewer lines to meet those at the site.

The board agreed to follow a recommendation by the Oak Creek Planning Commission to have a work session May 6 with the Planning Commission and town staff to "draft a clear and concise procedure for reviewing the application for the proposed subdivision and to ensure that we are in full understanding of what this type of growth will mean for the future of Oak Creek," wrote Planning Commission member Andrew Benjamin.

In other business, Trustee David Stordal put in his one-month notice that he would be resigning from the board because he is moving to Montana in June.

"It's been fun," Stordal said. "We've got a good police force now and a good Public Works Department. We've gotten a lot done."

The board also discussed Clean-Up Day to be held June 8, in which Oak Creek residents can bring trash to Dumpsters at the high school football field. Also, residents will be able to get rid of old computers, televisions and certain appliances for a fee.

Also, the board made donations of more than $400 collectively to the Soroco softball and baseball programs, in which 65 children participated in last summer.

The board also approved the use of Decker Park for a car wash benefit for First Baptist Church of Yampa Pastor Bill Cox on May 3-4.

--To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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