County to discuss Sierra View plans

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— Routt County commissioners will review the proposed 51-lot Sierra View subdivision, which the town of Oak Creek could decide Thursday whether to annex.

The county has a statutory responsibility to review and comment on impacts of the annexation, but Oak Creek has the final decision, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said.

Routt County planner John Eastman, who has been involved with previous Sierra View work sessions and has met with the developers, will bring county commissioners up to date at a meeting today. Commissioners will draft a letter with their comments on the annexation for the Oak Creek Town Board to consider.

A public meeting on the annexation will be held Thursday during the Oak Creek Town Board meeting. After public comment is taken, the Town Board is scheduled to vote on the annexation and subdivision plans.

Sierra View, which will include 70 units, is proposed for a meadow tucked into a hill adjacent to downtown.

Commissioners said they would focus their comments on the updated subdivision impact study, which was given to the town and county in early March. The impact study outlines how the annexed subdivision would impact the town's water and sewer system, environment, schools and more.

A letter sent to the town from the county last fall concerning the development group's initial impact study called the study incomplete or unclear in its analysis of water and sewer impacts, drainage impacts, open space impacts and fiscal impacts.

The study has to be developed by the applicants and must be complete according to state statute, Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

The annexation is one of the most significant ones South Routt has seen in years, Stahoviak said.

The subdivision could house more than 200 people when it's finished, which marks an almost 25 percent increase in Oak Creek's population of about 850.

"We've just wanted to be there, not providing direction, but providing assistance to the town of Oak Creek as they move through this process," Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said.

Routt County commissioners will have a work session on the annexation at 1:30 p.m. today in the Courthouse Annex.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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