Project proposal up for review

City planners to discuss subdivision near Central Park Drive

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What: Meeting of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

When: 6 p.m.

Call: The city planning office at 871-8258

— A proposed 64-lot subdivision near the historic More Barn will be up for discussion at tonight's Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting.

The project, called Steamboat Barn Village, would be on a roughly 40-acre plot north of Central Park Drive and east of Pine Grove Road.

The Planning Commission will discuss the project's preliminary plat, or site layout. The discussion highlights an agenda that also includes a final development plan for a 4,400-square-foot warehouse on Twentymile Road and a request to split two lots in the Rendezvous Trails subdivision near Ridge Road.

The proposed site for Steamboat Barn Village is known as the More Barn property. The site is a mostly undeveloped hay meadow traditionally used for horse pasture. The development proposal includes 64 residential lots providing single-family and duplex housing in a variety of densities, according to planning documents.

Thirty-five of the proposed lots would create an "urbanist neighborhood" including alleys to access garages and homes with front porches that face the street. Five of the lots would create a "secluded enclave" of single-family homes adjacent to Fish Creek and surrounded by trees and vegetation.

Vehicles would access the proposed subdivision from Central Park Drive and Pine Grove Road. The Central Park Drive access would use property owned by Yampa Valley Medical Center, which lies south of the site.

The site layout also includes a 4-acre park site surrounding the More Barn.

"Preservation of the barn has long been a community goal. The barn is currently in danger of demolition by neglect, and efforts to stabilize the structure need to occur immediately," reads a description of the proposal prepared by city planning staff. "The applicant has offered to dedicate the barn and the surrounding property to the city and (make) a donation of $50,000 towards the preservation of the barn."

The applicant for the project is Steamboat Springs Holdings II, LLC, managed by Robert Comes of Saratoga, Calif.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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