Hayden's Lake Village gets final OK

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The Hayden Town Board on Thursday granted final approval to the first filing of the Lake Village subdivision planned for south of Sagewood.

The 47-acre project calls for 85 single-family homes and a six-unit building. The project is the first of four filings in Lake Village, which is the first phase of the large Villages at Hayden project.

Tom Heuer, project coordinator for West Routt Properties, said a parkway linking the project to Routt County Road 53 will provide the main access to the subdivision. There also will be two secondary access roads from Sagewood.

The board also approved annexation of property through which the parkway will run.

Trustee Ken Gibbon said he was pleased with the project but questioned how developers plan to mitigate traffic effects to C.R. 53.

Heuer said the group hopes to link the road with C.R. 37 to the east, funneling most traffic away from Poplar Street and downtown Hayden.

The outcome of those plans will determine the extent to which developers will contribute to improvements to C.R. 53 or Poplar Street, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Almost half of the project will be made up of open space and a 3-acre lake. The project also will have an 8-foot concrete path linking an existing soft-surface trail in Sagewood to a master trail system in subsequent filings of Lake Village and the Villages.

A 1-half-acre pocket park will have a playground and will be dedicated to and maintained by the town. A homeowners association will maintain the aerated lake and dam, Heuer said.

Also Thursday, the board directed Martin to further explore a proposal to realign part of Harvest Drive where it intersects Poplar Street.

Rick Spencer, who owns property on both sides of Harvest Drive near the intersection with Poplar Street, wants to develop the land and straighten the 90-degree turn in the road between Yampa View Estates and Poplar Street.

The discussion accompanied the board's approval of a contract with Elam Construction to overlay Harvest Drive through Golden Meadows and Washington Avenue east of Third Street.

The company will pave all but the section of Harvest Drive proposed for realignment.

In other business, the board heard from two residents supporting the board's decision earlier this month to nominate Phippsburg resident Dan Craig to represent Routt County on a regional water Round Table.

Hayden joined the towns of Oak Creek and Yampa in nominating Craig. The Steamboat Springs City Council nominated Councilman Ken Brenner for the post.

The Yampa and White Riv--er Basin Round Table will be among the basin roundtable discussions formed statewide to discuss water issues. Each Round Table will include county and municipality representatives in addition to other members from water and resource-related committees.

That group, in turn, will appoint 10 at-large members.

Sam Haslem and Forrest Frentress emphasized that Craig, a longtime rancher and president of the Routt County Farm Bureau, was the best candidate to safeguard agricultural interests.

Their comments followed those made by Brenner, who said that his involvement in the Municipal Water Issues Committee of the Colorado Municipal League and in a mock state Round Table qualify him to represent Routt County's municipal water interests.

He requested that the Town Board support his efforts to secure that position or a position as an at-large member of the Round Table.

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

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