The dream for Stagecoach to develop into the area it once was intended to be soon may become a reality.
A plan to develop 111 lots and as many as 202 new homes in Stagecoach was approved by the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
The new development, The Neighborhoods at Young's Peak, would be built on 93 acres south of Stagecoach Reservoir. The development also would connect Routt County roads 16 and 212.
Developer Brian Stahl said the development would connect people and develop new relationships and partnerships for the community.
"This development will solidify Stagecoach and help it thrive," Stahl said.
Peter Patten, a land-use planner working on the project, updated development plans to the commissioners and addressed concerns the board raised when it last saw the plans in October 2004.
The development would have three communities built on the land, all connected by a series of trail systems and neighborhood parks.
"These areas will bring everything together," Patten said.
The three neighborhoods, Doublecreek, Young's Peak, and Blacktail Meadows, would be built in phases, Patten said.
The land would be rezoned for less density, and height restrictions would be put on homes in the development to allow for views of the surrounding areas.
Some of the issues the board had after the presentation included emergency access, affordability and road maintenance.
County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak made sure the developers were aware of not only the need for affordable housing, but also the importance of talking to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to use some of the lots for its self-help housing projects.
The board also was concerned about who would be responsible for snow removal and regular road maintenance for the developments. Patten told the board that the homeowner's association would be responsible for developing and maintaining roads.
Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup also brought up the issue of on-street parking, saying that overnight parking and on-street parking could hinder emergency access and snow removal. The board then changed the parking requirements to allow on-street parking only on one side of the street and only in the summer, from May 1 to Oct 31. The same requirement was made for overnight parking.
The homeowner's association also took responsibility for the new parking requirement, and members said they would enforce that.
County Commissioner Dan Ellison said that he thought the development was a "step in the right direction."
After more discussion and making some minor adjustments to the wording and requirements of the plan, the board approved the conceptual and final plan of the project.
"This is an improvement and an update to the values of 40 years ago, and I think we should move forward," Ellison said.
There was no public comment at the hearing.
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