Steamboat Springs Two proposals to better utilize private property in the county sailed through their first public hearing.
The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night recommended the expansion of a kennel operation in South Routt, and gave its approval to a plan to house overnight guests and large gatherings west of Steamboat Springs.
Neither proposal encountered any opposition from neighbors or other parties, nor did the county planning commissioners recommend changes to either request.
Joel and Tonya Harris of Yampa asked the county for permission to expand their kennel operation.
The couple got county approval to operate the Rocky Mountain Retrievers Boarding Kennel in 1999. The current facility can house 20 dogs. The owners want to build a second building that would house up to 26 dogs and 9 cats.
A site inspection of the property revealed no violations of county regulations. Planning staff comments said the facilities are well-kept and orderly.
David and Alicia Josfan asked for county approval to operate nightly rentals and host company retreats, family reunions and weddings on their property.
Their land, commonly referred to as the "Bob Adams property," is seven miles east of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass.
The Adams family utilized the property for many years for vacations and gatherings before they sold it to the Josfans.
The couple is proposing to host a maximum of 28 overnight guests, with a minimum stay of three nights. No additional improvements are planned other than minor upgrades required by county building officials. The County Planning Commission agreed that overnight guests should not exceed 28 people, and large gatherings should not top 100 guests, county planner Mary Alice Page-Allen said.
The County Planning Commission's recommendations now go to the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
The board will hear the Harrises' proposal Feb. 4 and the Josfans' proposal Feb. 11.
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