Commission studies development west of town

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— Proposed improvements to a North Routt business and a tentative plan to develop roughly 1,000 acres of agricultural land west of Steamboat Springs are on the county planning commissioners' agenda tonight.

Dana Morton, owner of Hahn's Peak Cafe and Mountain Recreation Company near Clark, would like to better utilize the space in her business.

She is asking the county for permission to remodel the second story of the building into a studio apartment and upgrade the ground-floor restaurant.

"I am sensitive to the residents' concerns about commercial businesses in Hahn's Peak Village and feel that such businesses need to be a part of the community by offering services to the residents, without detracting from their quality of life," Morton wrote to the Routt County Planning Department.

The planned attic renovation has encountered no known opposition from neighbors and community groups.

Also on the planning commission agenda is an 1,117-acre parcel just northwest of Silver Spur Estates.

Brent Romick has the land is under contract and is eyeing for future development.

Romick would like to build 38 lots on the property while preserving more than 800 acres for active agricultural land, critical elk habitat and significant skylines and ridges.

The Routt County Planning Commission will not take any formal action on the proposal but will discuss whether the proposed site is suited to a land preservation subdivision exemption.

Also on the agenda are two requests to renew operating permits for cellular towers near Milner and Oak Creek.

The Routt County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in the commissioners' hearing room.

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