Sierra View subdivision closer to approval

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The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to approve annexation and plans for the proposed Sierra View subdivision tonight, though officially completing the process will have to wait until paperwork is completed.

Adoption of an annexation ordinance likely will be held up by a delayed title commitment that should be resolved in a couple of days, town attorney Bob Weiss said.

"I think the board can go ahead and approve everything except the final adoption of the annexation agreement," Weiss said Wednesday. "This is not a hitch, it is a small technicality. In the scope of zero to 100, this is a one," he said.

Sierra View developer Dave Tweedy confirmed that the subdivision's property has been transferred from private individuals to the Sierra View Limited Liability Corp., but paperwork is not complete.

"There are no complications with the title itself. It's just going to take a little paperwork," Tweedy said.

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman confirmed the board won't be able to officially annex the property until all the paperwork is in order. The board is, however, expected to approve Sierra View's conceptual plan, the annexation agreement, the final subdivision plan and the agreement with Yampa Valley Electric Association.

Sierra View, which is being developed by Tim Geiger and Tweedy of Sierra View Development Group on a meadow overlooking downtown Oak Creek, includes 51 lots with 46 single family homes, two duplexes, one four-plex and two eight-plexes. The average lot size is 8,000 square feet, Tweedy said. At build-out, Sierra View is expected to add about 175 people to the 850-person town of Oak Creek.

Most public concerns about the proposed subdivision that were raised at last week's special Town Board meeting have been addressed, Rodeman said. Safety trails have been added on Moffat and Bell avenues, and the town engineer is working on a proposal to drastically reduce the subdivision's steep access on Moffat Avenue, she said. Rodeman also added that she has contacted the railroad regarding the addition of crossing arms on Bell Avenue and said a review of the potential project likely would start with a July work session.

In other business, the Oak Creek Town Board will make new appointments to start filling three vacancies on the Oak Creek Planning Commission, Rodeman said. Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said two individuals have applied to fill the planning positions.

The board also will be reviewing Oak Creek's nuisance ordinance. This will be the first step in making changes and removing some archaic items from the nuisance ordinance, Rodeman said.

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 tonight in Town Hall.

-- To reach Jennie Lay call 871-4210

or e-mail jlay@steamboatpilot.com

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