Board OKs Lake Village plat

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The Hayden Planning Com--mission on Thursday approved a preliminary plat for the first filing of the Lake Village subdivision.

Lake Village is a mostly residential project planned for 112 acres south of the Sagewood subdivision and west of Routt County Road 53.

The first of four filings will be composed of 85 single-family lots and one multifamily lot directly south of Honeysuckle Drive. The first filing also will include a lake, a public park and part of a trail system.

The Planning Commission's approval came with several conditions, including the pending completion of an annexation that will allow the development of a parkway connecting the subdivision to C.R. 53.

The connection is designed to funnel more traffic away from access points through Sagewood and Golden Meadows.

In the final plat, developers also must show paved or concrete trails, possible alleys in parts of the project and a two-lane parkway with an easement for future expansion.

Commission member Karl Koehler opposed the approval, preferring developers address the conditions in the preliminary plat process.

"I'm hearing a lot of uncertainty about certain aspects of the plan. ... I'm hesitant to recommend the board approve this with annexation pending," he said.

West Routt Properties, which is developing Lake Village, is purchasing about 25 acres between the subdivision and C.R. 53. The Town Board in April determined the parcel was eligible for annexation.

Lake Village eventually will have about 160 mostly single-family homes and a small industrial park with 21 lots. The industrial park will be in the southeast part of the project.

The town has determined its current water system will accommodate the first filing of the project.

However, water pressure, delivery and treatment will be issues with subsequent filings, said planning consultant Tim Katers, who recommended the commission only consider the preliminary plat for the first filing Thursday.

Tom Heuer, a partner in the project, said West Routt Properties is working with contractors who will stick-build homes on site. The first filing will have four to six model homes, he said.

Heuer showed the commission preliminary home designs, which included varying roof pitches and exterior finishes. Some had detached garages, and others provided an easy option for expansion. All of the designs featured prominent front porches.

Overall, the commission was satisfied with the plans, noting the designs adhered to town standards, which encourage diverse building styles.

"I think you've done a great job of meeting the criteria we've given you," commission member Tom Rogalski said. "I think it's addressed the commission's fears of someone coming in here with this many homes that might all look the same."

Developers "have been looking at this a long time, but we, as a community, have to keep the big picture in mind and what we want years and years from now," resident Tammie Delaney said.

Also Thursday, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for the development of 11 general aviation hangers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The hangers will be leased for corporate and executive aircraft.

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