County to discuss subdivision proposal

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Members of the Routt County Board of Commissioners will share their thoughts today about a proposed subdivision just south of Steamboat Springs' city limits.

Commissioners will hold a pre-application conference for the Alpine Mountain Ranch, a proposed project east of the intersection of Routt County Road 24 and U.S. Highway 40 and across from Haymaker Golf Course.

The conference will allow the petitioner, Steamboat Alpine Development LLC, to hear commissioners' thoughts about the project before the application process begins. Commissioners will not make any formal decisions.

The principals in Steamboat Alpine Development are Andy Daly, who was president of Vail Resorts from 1982 to 2002, and Bill Butler, a Cincinnati-based developer who has owned a home in the Steamboat area for about eight years. They purchased the land in April for $19 million.

The Alpine Mountain Ranch project includes a 1,217-acre land preservation subdivision exemption, which, when approved, means that the developer can create one additional home for every 100-acre cluster of land that is left as open space.

The proposal includes 43 home sites that would be built on, but not at the top of, three ridges. There would be ponds and several miles of hiking trails, according to background material provided to the county commissioners. The project also includes recreational facilities for horseback riding and fishing, as well as an on-site gravel crushing and screening operation. Motorists would drive to the development on existing access on C.R. 24 and new access off of U.S. 40.

The "remainder" parcel, or designated open space, would equal 952 acres.

The land is adjacent to the existing Priest Creek Ranch subdivision. Both parcels were once part of a higher-density residential proposal that also included a resort village and ski lift.

Steamboat Alpine Develop--ment already has received some comments from the county's planning commissioners, who reviewed the pre-application during their Sept. 1 meeting.

The pre-application conference is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in the Routt County Commissioners Hearing Room in the courthouse annex at 136 Sixth St.

-- To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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