Board considers bank sign

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The Hayden Planning Com-mission on Thursday will review a proposed sign for Mountain Valley Bank.

The owners of the bank, which is in front of the Hayden Mercantile, have proposed several options for the sign, but in general it looks to be "fairly substantial" at about 25 feet long and 14 feet wide, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

During the review process for the bank, the Town Board recommended the owners consult the Planning Commission regarding the proposed sign.

The bank, which has operated from inside the Mercantile, expects to move into its new building next week and to be open for business March 31, banker Cathy Erwin said.

Also Thursday, the Planning Commission will consider the latest, and possibly final, draft of the town's new comprehensive plan and residents' comments about the plan during a public hearing.

The plan received a positive review from the Planning Commission and Town Board during a Feb. 24 work session.

Drafts of the plan are available at Hayden Town Hall and the Hayden Public Library.

The 45-page plan is composed of key concepts and maps that will help guide officials' decisions regarding growth.

A balanced economy with sufficient commercial and industrial growth and a healthy downtown area that attracts pedestrian traffic are among the things emphasized in the plan.

Consultant Bob Perletz stressed during the work session that the plan is a set of ideas -- not rules -- that will help the town maintain its family-based character while encouraging healthy economic growth.

In other business, the Planning Commission will consider a group of annexation proposals for properties southeast of the Sagewood subdivision along Routt County Road 53.

David Frith, Frank and Sue Weidner, and Thomas and Jaylyn Trapp have submitted applications for annexation.

The Frith property is about 25 acres and located directly east of the proposed Lake Villages residential and light industrial subdivision.

Frith is a partner in West Routt Properties, which wants to build an access to the project from C.R. 53 through his property.

The Trapp and Weidner properties would not be affected by the proposed bypass but are being included in the process for utility purposes.

The annexation is not necessary for the bypass. However, it would make the review process easier for developers, who primarily would have to work with the town for approvals instead of the town and Routt County.

"It just eases the process so there's only one body in that deve lopment approval process," Martin said.

Developers will need the county's approval to access C.R. 53.

The Planning Commission on Thursday also will consider former Town Manager Rob Straebel's request to split ownership of duplex he owns at 689 E. Washington Ave.

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