Subdivisions on Planning agenda

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Two new subdivisions, one near Hayden and one in Stagecoach, are on the agenda for the Routt County Planning Commission's meeting tonight.

Gerald Rea and Bonnie Lyn Carrol, owners of SunCove Inc., first presented plans in December for a 26-lot subdivision at Meadowgreen at Stagecoach.

The Planning Commission tabled those plans until tonight to get more information on the 9.5-acre project, including details about road intersections and accesses, as well as street widths that are approved by the Oak Creek Fire Protection District.

The Planning Commission also asked for an opinion from the Stagecoach Property Owner's Association on the development, according to planning documents.

The development would create 25 residential lots along a looped road. Most lots would accommodate single-family homes, although several are designated for duplexes or single-family homes with caretaker units.

Issues such as snow removal and emergency access were brought up at the December Planning Commission meeting.

Most of the questions from planning commissioners were addressed by the developers through a letter submitted Jan. 26, Routt County Planner Chad Phillips said.

The letter, which Phillips said likely would be the focus of tonight's meeting, discusses the concept of the project. The developers say the project has a "pedestrian scale" to encourage walking instead of driving and has a "sense of place" within a neighborhood.

Also appearing before the Planning Commission tonight will be the developers of Hidden Springs, a land preservation subdivision near Hayden designed to maintain the agricultural character of the area while allowing residential development. The developers are asking for approval of a water system to service 31 lots on about 480 acres.

The Planning Commission approved the subdivision July 23, 2002, contingent on the development of a central water system, according to planning reports.

Plans for a water system were presented July 24, 2003, but were tabled for more information.

The developer of the subdivision, 4-S Development, has proposed a new water system with a well that produces 50 gallons per minute without pumping. The proposed well would not serve Johnson Ranch or existing homes, according to planning reports.

The new proposal also includes five fire hydrants and two tanks to store 30,000 gallons of water.

Information that had been missing at last summer's meeting, including details on the source, quality and ownership of the water, a revised water demand study and an expanded financial analysis of the proposed water company, have been provided.

Also at tonight's meeting, the Routt County Regional Planning Commission will consider the adoption draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update.

The Routt County Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners hearing room at the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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