The public hearing to annex the 51-lot Sierra View subdivision in Oak Creek will be held next month, which developers say could get them moving on the building process this summer.
"We've got to shoot for a date," said Tim Geiger, Sierra View Development Group co-owner. "If we're going to do this, we've got to go for it pretty soon."
Last year, Geiger said, time got away from them and set the development back another year. With each delay, the project could cost more and more until it becomes too costly.
Dates for the public hearing, as well as for a work session with developers, engineers and the Town Board, were set at the Oak Creek Town Board's meeting Thursday night. A presentation of development plans and a discussion on engineering reviews was scheduled to take place at Thursday's meeting but were postponed until the work session March 18.
The development's 70 units are proposed for a meadow overlooking downtown just outside the town limits.
At the meeting, Geiger also made the point that the subdivision would attract more residents to the town, which is an important first step for establishing commercial operations.
"You want to bring in commercial," he said. "But you have to have the people first, before any commercial is going to want to come in."
Geiger told the Town Board that up-to-date reports were given to Routt County officials earlier this week and that the county should have official comments within the next week or two.
But, he said, the town's decision is the one that counts. While Routt County officials can make suggestions to Oak Creek about whether the land should be annexed and whether the subdivision should be approved, Geiger said that the Oak Creek Town Board has the final say.
One issue the Town Board discussed was the grade on the extended Moffat Avenue to connect to the subdivision. While Geiger said the intent is to make the grade less than that of nearby Bell Street, concerns of the steepness of the road were discussed.
Some Town Board trustees also expressed further concern about the stability of the hill on which the subdivision would be built, but Geiger said that engineers have responded to such concerns already and have said there is not a problem.
The work session for Sierra View will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. The public annexation hearing will be at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting April 22.
"What we're trying to do is get the wheels going because spring is coming," Geiger said.
The Oak Creek Town Board of Trustees also voted to add a ballot question that would eliminate term limits for the town mayor and trustees. The ordinance was not discussed, and only Town Trustee Mike Kien voted against adding the ballot question.
In other business, the Town Board heard an end-of-season report from the Oak Creek Hockey Association, discussed purchasing a chlorination system, and reviewed plans for a summer concert series. The Town Board also decided to close the alley between First and Main streets because of the mud and its degraded condition.
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