Young's Peak before county

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A proposal for a 93-acre, large-scale development comes before Routt County commissioners today for the first time.

A sketch plan and rezone for the 147-unit Neighborhoods at Young's Peak was recommended for approval by the Routt County Planning Commission on Sept. 2.

That meeting drew dozens of Stagecoach residents, some who supported the new development, but more who said the development would mean more roads and rooftops, and less wildlife.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said he expects part of today's meeting will be spent considering a 12-acre site within the area that was proposed in early September for a new elementary school. The South Routt School District is anticipating a future population boom that would stretch the district's existing facilities.

For the Neighborhoods at Young's Peak, developer Brian Stahl is proposing 115 lots, mostly single-family but also some duplexes. The new homes would be bordered by Routt County roads 16 and 212 near the existing Coyote Run subdivision, Eagle's Nest townhomes and Wagon Wheel condominiums.

More than 27 percent of the total area would be open space, including a neighborhood park.

"I'm very excited about helping to put this beautiful place back together and see these initial meetings as really the beginning of that," Stahl said.

A presentation showing topographic views of where the developments would be in relation to existing homes will be given at today's meeting by the developer and could answer some questions residents have, Routt County Planner Mary Alice Page-Allen said.

This approval is just one step in the process. If county commissioners give an approval, a preliminary plan would be made for the project, which would include a lot more specifics. That preliminary plan is heard only by the Planning Commission, unless an appeal is filed.

Final plans then are considered by the Planning Commission and the county commissioners.

Routt County commissioners will consider the rezoning of the Neighborhoods at Young's Peak at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Courthouse Annex.

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