Board gets first look at subdivision plan

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— A developer wants the town of Hayden to annex about 20 acres of land east of the Routt County Fairgrounds so he can build 62 single-family homes.
James Woods will present his application for the Dry Creek subdivision Thursday to the Hayden Town Board.
There will be little discussion of the proposal, which is in the "very" preliminary stages, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Thurday night's presentation is mostly a formality before Woods takes his sketch plan to the Hayden Planning Commission on Aug. 12.
Woods plans to purchase the parcel for the proposed subdivision from Kevin and Ann Copeland. Woods wants to build the project in three phases, according to the annexation request.
Access to the property likely will be one of the biggest issues involved in planning the subdivision, Martin said.
Also at Thursday's meeting, board members will consider whether to establish a limit on donations the town will give nonprofit organizations. The limit would be based on whether the cause benefits Hayden taxpayers.
"It's another step in getting a handle on what we do for taxpayers," Martin said.
Town clerk Lisa Johnston is proposing the policy. Her research shows towns have policies varying from not donating any money to only donating to organizations dedicated to purposes such as economic development, arts and human services.
In other business, board members will consider the costs and timeframe associated with a proposal from the Tim Katers & Associates planning firm to rewrite the town's zoning and subdivision ordinances.
The revision project is included in the scope of work accomplished with a Gates Foundation Grant, which is aimed at helping the town project and plan for growth.
A video illustrating the town's vision for its future and a revised comprehensive master plan are also included in the grant package.
Board members also will consider a request from the Hayden Post Office to designate Town Hall as an alternate location.
A federal Continuity of Operations Plan requires all federal departments and agencies have a second site in case of building closures caused by terrorist threats or attacks.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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