Hayden board OKs sketch

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— Hayden planning commissioners carried a significantly lighter load as they considered and approved a sketch plan for a commercial/industrial subdivision Thursday.

The X-West Commerce Center is the first commercial project to be reviewed under the town's new land-use code, which simplifies planning review by separating the platting and site plan processes for certain projects.

The subdivision would involve about 40 acres south of U.S. Highway 40 and west of Wagner Equipment.

Based on the sketch plat, there would be six lots. A Quality Suites Hotel and free-standing restaurant are proposed for one of the lots close to U.S. 40, and a home center with lumberyard would be south of the hotel and restaurant.

The commission reviewed lot arrangement, roads and easements Thursday.

There was some discussion about sidewalks and landscaping, but specifics about the home center and hotel projects will be addressed in detailed site plans required for building permits.

Designer Benji Amsden of Archistructure One said the applicants plan to begin the site-plan process for the lumberyard this month.

The Planning Commission's previous approval of a West Minster Hotel project on the same property no longer is valid because a year has passed since approval.

The X-West project would sit between U.S. 40 and Routt County Road 65. A boulevard would provide major access to the subdivision from each road and would intersect West Jackson Street.

The applicant is in discussions with the Colorado Department of Transportation about U.S. 40 access, Amsden said.

The commission asked that a completed CDOT application be submitted with the preliminary plat, which is the next step in the process.

Commission members urged Amsden to plan for increased traffic from areas south of Hayden.

About 4 acres of the project are within town limits, and annexation review for the remaining 36 acres has started.

There was some discussion about zoning, though that will be addressed in the zoning application process.

In his staff report, planning consultant Tim Katers noted that the project fits auto-commercial zoning along that portion of U.S. 40. The applicants are requesting industrial zoning for several lots outside Hayden limits, where the town had envisioned low- to medium-density residential development.

Although low-industrial zoning may be appropriate, Katers advised against high-industrial zoning for the lumberyard, recommending the applicants seek approval for a conditional use.

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