Hearing on plan postponed

Community Area Plan adoption hearing is pushed back

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The Area Plan Coordinating Committee's desire to see a final version of the area plan update before holding an adoption hearing will force the meeting to be postponed.

The Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan adoption hearing has been pushed back for more than a month from March 15. A date has not been set.

County Planner Chad Phillips said the Routt County Planning Commission originally asked that the lengthy list of changes that have been made since the adopted draft came out in January be incorporated into the plan update before the adoption hearing. More than 11 pages of changes have been requested, half of which are editorial, Phillips said.

Since the adoption version of the plan was released, more than a dozen meetings have been held among city and county planning commissions, the county commissioners and the City Council. The March 15 meeting would have brought together the four boards for the adoption hearing.

The list of changes has been discussed and approved by the four boards but was proposed to be an amendment to the adopted draft.

The Routt County Planning Commission was the first body to request incorporating the changes into the final plan, and Phillips said the suggestion was favored when discussed by the other boards. City Planning Director Steve Stamey said the Area Plan Coordinating Committee decided last week to postpone the hearing.

Part of the reason for postponing the plan, Phillips said, is to allow the consultants the time it needs to make the revisions.

Clarion Associates could not incorporate the changes and print out the plan fast enough for the March 15 meeting. Clarion Associates should have the new draft two weeks ahead of the adoption hearing, Phillips said, giving public officials and residents time to review the changes.

No meetings on the plan are scheduled between now and the meeting. Phillips said public comment would be taken for the adoption draft hearing.

At a Feb. 10 joint meeting between county commissioners and the council, the two boards agreed to tighten language to create more restrictions on big-box retail stores and national chains, to take language out that would leave the option to extend Yampa Street to 13th Street, and to consider, but not require, a jobs-to-housing linkage program.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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