Planners to eye plan draft

YVRA improvements also to be discussed Thursday

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The Hayden Planning Commission will review the latest draft of the town's new comprehensive plan Thursday.

The plan incorporates feedback gathered Nov. 15 at a community event -- the latest in a series of meetings gauging residents' views about how Hayden should grow and what aspects of the community need to be preserved in the process.

The town, with the help of Boulder-based Winston Associates planning firm and CommunityViz planning software, has been working to devise a new comprehensive plan that will help direct land uses and growth in accordance with community values.

The Planning Commission will discuss the new draft during a work session at the end of its regularly scheduled meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

The work session will be open to the public. Residents can review the draft at Town Hall, the Hayden Public Library or by visiting www.yampavalley.info and clicking on the Hayden Planning and Visioning Process.

"This is a really good time to make changes and corrections," Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Commissioners hope to make any major changes to the plan Thursday to prepare for a public hearing in January or February. The town will finalize the plan after the hearings.

During its regular meeting Thursday, the Planning Commission will review a site plan for the second phase of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal expansion project.

At the request of the town and other agencies, airport planners have corrected circulation issues in and around the expansion. The new plan reflects good parking and circulation and is, overall, a drastic improvement to the current building, Martin said.

"I think it's going to be a fantastic improvement to the airport," he said.

Also on Thursday, commission members will consider Oliver Spencer's request to rezone about 2 acres of land near the base of Golden Meadows subdivision to high density residential.

Spencer is in the process of moving from the land to an adjacent parcel that was annexed to the town last summer. He has stated an interest in developing the 2-acre property -- which currently is zoned open -- into a duplex-oriented subdivision, Martin said.

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