The Hayden Planning Com--mission on Thursday recommended approval of the Valley View Business Park.
The commission reviewed a final plat for the project, which will have 52 light industrial lots on the northwest corner of Routt County Road 37 and Crandall Avenue.
Developers Jon Peddie and Paul Franklin reduced the number of lots from 57 to 52 after discussions with potential buyers. The lots range from 0.2 to 3 acres.
The park will have one entrance on Crandall Avenue and another entrance on C.R. 37.
Peddie and Franklin satisfied most conditions of preliminary approval, including the commission's requests for a concrete path along Crandall Avenue and two trails leading from within the park to a strip of open space surrounding the subdivision.
Developers are in the process of negotiating an off-site sewer easement with Peabody Energy. They also plan to either upgrade a section of C.R. 37 or contribute to a possible road realignment project.
A residential subdivision now in the planning review process, Dry Creek Village, is proposed directly south of the business park.
With that and other future development in mind, the town is hoping to avoid a dangerous "S" curve on Shelton Lane with a possible route from U.S. Highway 40 through land owned by Peabody Energy.
The town has begun discussions with Routt County and Peabody Energy about that possibility, said Town Manager Russ Martin, who is shooting for a 2008 deadline to complete such a project.
"There's a lot of cooperation that needs to be finalized, but everybody is talking," he said.
The Planning Commission also discussed the developers' landscape plan for the business park, which calls for a mix of trees on the interior and exterior of the development.
Commission members generally were happy with the plan, though they suggested the addition of shrubs and bushes for more diversity.
For lighting, the commission urged developers to lean "more toward minimal than too much" while making sure entrances are well-lit and covenants address lighting for individual buildings.
Peddie and Franklin hope to break ground on the business park at the end of June or early July.
The project will go to the Town Board for final approval at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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