Planning Commission sees annexation pay-off

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— Nick Foster

Hayden Valley Press

The Hayden Planning Commission expects recent annexations near Yampa Valley Regional Airport to pay off when construction begins on a planned development, Planning Commission member Garold Gilbert said.

At its May 8 meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed a request for a 3.61-acre annexation adjacent to YVRA, where a multiuse, 60-by-100-foot facility for Avis Rent a Car has been planned.

"Basically, I think the Planning Commission thinks now that someone has decided to build a building (near the airport), we're going to see more commercial building out there," Gilbert said. "We've annexed some more property there and we're anxious to see (the building) go into effect there. We think it will spur more activity as far as more people wanting to build, which will expand the tax base for Hayden."

In other words, Gilbert hopes the Avis building will be the stepping stone for further retail and shipping developments near YVRA.

The building would serve mainly as storage and office space, Avis representative Aaron Wilfong said. The facility will connect to the town's water supply.

At its May 8 meeting, the Planning Commission determined that the plans for the Avis building need further legal documentation from Routt County and the Federal Aviation Administration to carry on with the annexing process.

After all legal documentation, including what building material will be used, visual aspects and FAA compliances are approved, the Planning Commission will review landscaping and access plans.

"I think there's unlimited possibilities in the grand scope of things for businesses, UPS, FedEx, smaller charter carriers, importing and exporting, things like that certainly could be a tremendous boost to Hayden's economy, and it would provide jobs, as well," Gilbert said.

Also at the meeting, Ann and Kevin Copeland, who own property that is only accessible through the Routt County Fairgrounds, asked the Planning Commission about the possibility of getting additional road access to their land.

The fairgrounds access to the Copelands' 19-acre plot is designated for a single family only. Ann Copeland said she and her husband thought they might sell the land to a developer because of the rapid growth in the area, and if the land were to be subdivided, they would need another access or have the limit on the one access lifted.

The Planning Commission told the Copelands it was out of their jurisdiction, because Routt County owns the fairgrounds property.

Ann Copeland said they would not immediately seek an answer from the county, because they are simply thinking about the future possibilities of the property.

"The property used to be outside of town, but it's starting to be in town," Ann Copeland said. "We had thought about building a house there, but now we're putting it on the market to see what happens."

If plans for Dry Creek Park, which would be built just south of the Copelands' property, continue, an access would be provided there. Furthermore, a new park in the vicinity could make the Copelands' property more desirable for a developer, Ann Copeland said.

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