Hayden Planning Commission tables Villages

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The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday tabled a sketch plan for the Lake Village Subdivision, a 93-acre development proposed west of Routt County Road 53 and south of the Sagewood subdivision.

The decision came after a three-hour meeting, during which the commission gave the developers, West Routt Properties, direction on trail, parks and road details. Town staff also recommended that developers clarify issues involving traffic, water pressure, uses for commercial lots and building phases.

"If we get this right now, other issues will fall into place much more quickly in the preliminary and final plats," Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Lake Villages would include about 137 single-family lots, 18 multi-family lots and 21 commercial lots. A 3.5-acre lake would sit in the middle of the subdivision, which also would include more than two miles of trails and a large park.

The project is the first phase in The Villages at Hayden project, which ultimately may have 1,400 single-family homes and condos.

One of the biggest concerns about Lake Villages is access and projected traffic loads on nearby Harvest Drive, Poplar Street and C.R. 53.

Developers altered their original sketch plan to include six access points from the north, west and east sides of the subdivision. The main access, intended to funnel traffic from later growth, is a boulevard connecting Lake Villages to C.R. 53 near the south end of the development.

Martin suggested that developers consider moving the boulevard toward the middle of the subdivision, where it will create a four-way connection with Routt County roads 53 and 37.

Martin and commission chairwoman Donna Hellyer also emphasized that traffic studies would be needed to determine how residential streets and C.R. 53 will need to be improved to handle projected traffic loads.

Another important issue is the town's ability to provide adequate water pressure to the first and subsequent phases of The Villages at Hayden project. Martin requested that developers' engineers provide more information regarding phasing of the project in relation to water pressure needs.

Martin also wants developers to clarify how the project will pay for itself. The concern is that lots would be developed prematurely with no homes to provide tax dollars supporting infrastructure maintenance and replacements.

"The clock is ticking on the developments we have already," he said.

Ron Sills, who is part of West Routt Properties, said the development group plans to build most of the homes in the development. Potential buyers will choose a new home based on four models, and on-site banking services will be available to provide financing.

Martin stressed that the developers' concept was very helpful and should be available to the Planning Commission in written form relating to the sketch plan.

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

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