Sierra View plan on agenda

Oak Creek Town Board will hear details from developers

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The Oak Creek Town Board will hold a work session today with developers of the proposed 51-lot Sierra View subdivision to get more detailed information about the proposal.

The Sierra View Development Group, which is proposing the subdivision, asked the Town Board in November to set up the work session. At the session, town trustees will get an update on the development group's progress.

"It's going to be helpful for us to meet," Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman said. "We can find out where they're at in the whole process of things because we really don't know."

A public hearing about the development scheduled for late August was tabled. Rodeman said that it's possible the Town Board could set another date for the hearing if "everything is in order" at tonight's meeting.

The subdivision could house up to 175 people, which would be a roughly 20 percent increase in Oak Creek's population of about 850. The subdivision would be one of the bigger ones that the county recently has seen, county officials have said.

Rodeman said she thinks residents are evenly divided between supporting and opposing the development proposal.

"Personally, I would welcome an addition to town that wanted to blend in and be part of the town," Rodeman said. "I think getting some space and having some bigger houses is a necessity if we want to get some families here."

Tonight's work session falls in line with suggestions from the Routt County commissioners, who provided comments on the plan at the Town Board's request.

In an August letter, the commissioners said the subdivision could be successful, but that more information should be collected before the town decides to annex or accept the subdivision.

Among other items, the letter said an impact statement county commissioners received from the development group appeared to be incomplete or unclear in its analysis of water and sewer impacts, drainage impacts, open space impacts and fiscal impacts.

Rodeman said tonight's work session is open to the public.

"Anybody that wants to have an unbiased opinion of what exactly might be coming to Oak Creek, this would be a time for them to hear exactly where they're at instead of everyone just guessing," she said.

Representatives of Sierra View Development Group could not be reached for comment.

The work session will begin at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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