Routt County commissioners on Tuesday approved a rezoning request for a 93.5-acre development in Stagecoach after first expressing concerns about increased traffic and the need for a new school site in the area.
The rezoning changed the area from high-density to low-density residential, decreasing the allowable residential units from more than 1,350 to about 400. And although 400 units now are allowed, the Neighborhoods at Young's Peak development proposes only 147.
For the most part, public reactions to the developement were positive during the meeting. Realtor Scott Eggleston said he thinks Stagecoach property owners are "lucky" to have a team working on the project that had enough energy, financing and vision to provide what the area needs.
Mark Henderson, who owns almost 80 acres to the east of the proposed development, said he is in "total support" of the project.
The Neighborhoods at Young's Peak proposes 115 lots, most of which are single-family with some duplex lots. The new homes would be bordered by Routt County roads 16 and 212, and 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.
In a previous meeting before the Routt County Regional Planning Commission, some residents said they feared the development would take away their views and wildlife, and would contribute to more traffic.
Developer Brian Stahl described his vision for Stagecoach as a real community in which people are connected and have access to trails, parks and other amenities. Stahl said he has worked on developments in Breckenridge for the past 15 years, from those that are 400 acres to smaller parcels at the base of the ski mountain.
Discussion on finding a site for a new elementary school for the South Routt School District was put off until future, separate meetings.
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said key issues the developers should help the county address are finding an appropriate school site and dealing with an extreme curve in Routt County Road 16.
"It is the intention of this board here to make sure we take care of these things," Monger said.
Michelle Caragol, who represented the Coyote Run development, voiced her concern that it was not fair to existing Coyote Run homeowners to build a major road against their lots.
The developer showed sketches of where the road would be, pointing out that it should be at least 120 feet from the homes, and a bit lower.
Realtor Chris Wittemyer, an owner of Stagecoach Ski Corp., said that real estate markets for Steamboat Springs and Stagecoach suggest that there is enough demand to sell at least 15 to 20 of the lots proposed in this development in a year.
Next, a preliminary plan for the project that includes most of the details will be heard by the Planning Commission.
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