A new industrial park in Hayden could begin to take shape this summer.
The Hayden Planning Com--mission on Thursday approved a preliminary plan for the Valley View Industrial Park Subdivision, proposed for 33 acres on the southwest corner of Crandall Avenue and Routt County Road 37.
The project would have 57 lots ranging from about 12,000 square feet to 2 acres. The lots would be configured around two loops within the subdivision, which would be accessed from Crandall Avenue and C.R. 37.
Developers Paul Franklin and Jon Peddie told the Planning Commission they wanted to open up business opportunities in Hayden and also provide more affordable industrial lots than are available in Steamboat Springs.
Peddie said the target price range for the lots would be in the $60,000 to $90,000 range.
Commission members and residents at the meeting spoke favorably about the project, emphasizing the need for more commercial development in the town.
Balancing residential growth with commercial and industrial projects is encouraged in the town's new comprehensive plan.
Of the many development plans that have come before the board, "I have to say this is one of the most professional," Hayden Realtor Jack Giessinger said. "It's well-thought-out and well-designed. ... I think it fits the needs of the town particularly well."
Peddie and Franklin plan to develop the property in two phases. The first phase would involve 20 lots, and the second phase would involve 37 lots.
About 4 acres of open space will surround the development. Developers planned to build a soft-surface trail around the project, but commissioners said they would prefer concrete trails to accommodate future growth and existing neighborhoods nearby.
The commission and developers compromised on trails, settling on an 8-foot concrete path along Crandall Avenue and a 6-foot soft surface trail along C.R. 37.
Approval came with other conditions pertaining to street widths within the development and other engineering issues. The Planning Commission also requested a landscape plan.
In other business, the Plan--ning Commission on Thursday approved a resolution adopting the town's new comprehensive plan.
The plan, in the works for more than a year, provides guidelines for healthy growth in Hayden. The town gathered residents' feedback about how they wanted Hayden to grow during a series of public meetings.
Kathy Hockin was among residents at the meeting praising that effort.
"You guys did an outstanding job including community input," she said.
The town's land-use code, which includes zoning and subdivision regulations, is being revamped based on guidelines laid out in the comprehensive plan.
Planning Commission member Karl Koehler was the only member who opposed the resolution to adopt the plan. He was concerned that there was not enough quantitative detail to help the town gauge fiscal health or when emphasis should shift from commercial to residential development.
"I'm a little uneasy about the level of detail that's in here," Koehler said.
Town Manager Russ Martin said sales tax numbers and other figures will help provide specifics for those decisions.
Ultimately, however, it will be up to the commissioners to use those numbers to make their own judgments about whether the town is fiscally where they want it to be, he said.
Routt County planner Chad Phillips weighed in about details of the plan in relation to the Routt County Comprehensive Plan. He suggested the town present its plan to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for acceptance as a sub-area plan within the county.
That would help ensure the county wouldn't approve projects such as campgrounds and feedlots that may not fit with Hayden's plans for future growth outside current boundaries.
The Hayden comprehensive plan will come before the Town Board for adoption Thursday.
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