Pet spa plan goes to county

Commissioners will give input today about proposed resort

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners today will hear plans for a controversial pet spa near Milner.

The proposed Four Paws Pet Resort & Spa is in the preapplication phase, which means no formal decision will be made at this hearing. However, county commissioners will give input about the project, planner Jim Goossens said.

Originally, applicants Michael Vogl and Nicole Huber planned almost 20,000 square feet for the pet resort. Their revised application proposes about 18,500 square feet for the pet resort, with buildings that are 30 feet high instead of the originally proposed 40 feet, Goossens said.

The resort came before the Routt County Planning Commission in mid-February. After hearing a long list of concerns from adjacent property owners, planning commissioners agreed that the project was a good idea but was proposed for the wrong spot.

Major concerns, shared by adjacent property owners and the Planning Commission, include increased traffic over bad roads, disruption to wildlife and neighbors, and a questionable water supply.

The pet resort is proposed for a 40-acre site a half-mile north of U.S. Highway 40 on Routt County Road 44B.

The first phase originally included 13,500-square-foot dog-kennel buildings, which could hold a maximum of 62 dogs. That phase has been scaled down to about 11,200 square feet, Goossens said. Five phases are proposed, including a pool area and additional kennel space for dogs and cats.

The applicants told the Planning Commission in Feb-ruary that they were hoping to build a high-class resort and spa for pets. They also said they had carefully researched soundproofing materials and could be sure that the sound of dogs or other pets would not bother neighbors.

However, neighbors expressed concerns about more than sound at the meeting with the Planning Commission. The visual effects of the building, wildlife leaving the area because of pet smells, increased traffic and other issues worried the neighbors.

-Also today, county commissioners will consider a land preservation subdivision proposed by Walter Scott's family partnership. The LPS would be on a 188-acre area adjacent to the Steamboat Springs Airport that recently was deannexed from the city. In February, the Planning Commission said the proposal looked good.

That application also is in the preapplication phase, so no final decision will be made today.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will hear the LPS proposal from Walter Scott's family partnership at 2 p.m. and will hear the pet resort and spa proposal at 3 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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