The Hayden Town Board on Thursday approved plans for the first 26 homes of Dry Creek Village, a subdivision slated for Routt County Road 37 south of Crandall Avenue.
The board also agreed to annex about 47 acres owned by Wes and Linda Signs for the development, which eventually will have 150 homes, trails and about 12 acres of useable open space.
Developer Jim Woods said he and partner Jon Peddie plan to hire one builder to construct homes in the project, though it's not clear whether the homes will be stick built or modular.
Woods said he wanted to keep prices below $250,000, and that most homes would be about 1,600 square feet and would include two-car garages.
Trustee Richard Bush wanted assurance that the homes would not have a "cookie cutter" look.
Martin said that, based on the town's land-use code, no two homes can look alike in a certain block plan, and that town officials could evaluate the subdivision's look as subsequent phases come up for approval.
The board also discussed the subdivision's covenants, which are "straight forward" and would be enforced by a homeowners association, Martin said.
Peddie emphasized that the size of the subdivision will ensure the association had sufficient funds and an interest in enforcing covenants.
"You can really have a neighborhood with rules and regulations that people abide by," he said.
The board's approvals were contingent on conditions, in----cluding that, if possible, Woods build and extend a sewer main to Poplar Street to connect with existing lines, rather than build a lift station.
Jorge Gonzalez of Landmark Consultants said studies indicated the extension would be possible.
Although the line would benefit future developments in the area, it would be expensive. Woods requested that future developers in the area who tap into the line reimburse a portion of the cost.
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