Officials to review land-use requests

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Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council members will discuss whether six applicants' parcels of land should be included in plans for future urban development.

The commissioners and council members will hold a joint meeting at 5 p.m. today in Centennial Hall.

If approved, the land would become part of the Urban Growth Boundary Amendment of the 10-year-old Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan. Land that is included in the amendment has not yet been annexed into the city but is marked as a potential area for urban development.

Most applicants said they wanted to be included in the urban growth area because they would like to build single-family residences on the sites.

The six properties' names and locations:

Spring Creek Road, at the Prospect Heights subdivision, at Amethyst Drive and Spring Creek Road.

McNamara, up Spring Creek Road and adjacent to city limits on the south and east.

Ralston, which is north of the Old Town streets Douglas and Pahwintah.

Dougherty, north of the ends of North Larimer and North Grand streets.

Koftinow, which is on both sides of the Union Pacific Railroad between U.S. Highway 40 and River Road. Approximately three-fourths of the site cannot be developed because of environmental concerns, including wetland and floodplain areas, according to city staff.

Slate Creek, a road connection between Elk River Road and Victory Highway, which is proposed as part of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

In their report, city staff said none of the six proposed areas meets the criteria for being part of the Urban Growth Boundary. Potential impacts the planners looked at include the change's effect on the environment, infrastructure and surrounding areas. They also reviewed the city's ability to annex the land in the future.

The Slate Creek proposal comes closest to meeting the requirements, with the fiscal effect of the change determined as unknown.

The county planning commission has reviewed and agreed with city staff's assessments of the six properties.

County Commissioner Doug Monger said Monday that commissioners are not likely to approve any of the applications.

-- To reach Dana Strongin call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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