Last step for comprehensive plan

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Hayden likely will have an official guide for growth after the Hayden Town Board meeting Thursday.

The board is expected to adopt a new comprehensive plan that has been in the works for more than a year.

The Hayden Planning Com--mission approved the plan last week after a public hearing where residents praised the town's efforts to include public feedback in the plan.

Residents previously shared their hopes for maintaining Hayden's agricultural and family character during a series of community meetings. Their views provided planners and town leaders a basis for developing the plan.

"I think people are clear about what's in here," Town Manager Russ Martin said. "Those that have been able to be involved have had a pretty good idea of what we're trying to accomplish as far as the bigger issues."

Karl Koehler was the only Planning Commission member who did not approve of the plan in its current form. He was concerned there were not enough formulas and quantitative detail in the plan to help gauge stages of growth.

The comprehensive plan emphasizes balancing residential development with commercial and industrial growth, which in turn will attract sales-tax dollars.

Martin understands Koehler's concern, but he said it will be easier to incorporate more concrete figures and formulas into the comprehensive plan later. The town's comprehensive plan is designed to be flexible and likely will be revised at least once a year.

"It will be good to have a couple of budgets to go through ... and look again at how we are expending resources and how we plan to use them," he said.

Drafts of the comprehensive plan are available at Town Hall and the Hayden Public Library.

Also Thursday, the Town Board will consider several annexation requests, including 47 acres for the Dry Creek Village subdivision.

The Planning Commission reviewed sketch plans for the 150-home development, proposed between Routt County Road 37 and Dry Creek. The commission, which directed developer Jim Woods to make several changes in his sketch plan, did not see any major obstacles to the project.

Wes Signs currently owns the property and has requested the annexation.

Other annexation requests involve a group of properties southeast of the Sagewood subdivision along Routt County Road 53.

David Frith, Frank and Sue Weidner, and Thomas and Jaylyn Trapp have submitted applications for annexation.

Frith's property is about 25 acres and is directly east of the proposed Lake Villages (not related to Dry Creek Village) residential and light industrial subdivision.

Frith is among the partners in West Routt Properties, which wants to build an access road or boulevard to the project from C.R. 53 through his property.

The Trapp and Weidner properties are not related to the project but are being included in the process for utility purposes.

The annexation is not necessary for the bypass. However, it would make the review process easier for developers, who primarily would have to work with the town for approvals instead of the town and Routt County.

Public hearings are scheduled for all annexation requests Thursday.

In other business, the town will consider rewriting its three-mile plan, which identifies any land-use issues that need to be addressed in annexation proposals.

The plan, which is required by the state, would help the town determine what issues need to be mitigated by developers.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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