Barn Village back to Council

Agreement reached on second access road to subdivision

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— The ping-pong game that is the planning process for Steamboat Barn Village continued Thursday night, as city planners bounced the proposed subdivision back to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

For a second time, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the subdivision, primarily because applicant Robert Comes of Steamboat Holdings II and development consultants Patten Associates have reached an agreement with officials at Yampa Valley Medical Center allowing a secondary access road into the subdivision through medical center property.

Failure to reach such an agreement stalled plans for the subdivision at two City Council meetings in September.

"We kept working through the problem, and we have now reached a point where we think we are getting appropriate compensation for granting secondary access to their development," medical center Chief Executive Officer Karl Gills said Friday.

Gills said the compensation is "partly financial" and also involves land options, which include transitional housing for medical center employees in the subdivision. Gills would not disclose details of the financial compensation.

Brian Berndt, assistant director of city planning, said the secondary access road means the City Council will act on the original plans for Steamboat Barn Village, which include more than 90 housing units of various sizes on 63 lots, spread across a 39-acre site south of Fish Creek, north of Central Park Drive and east of Pine Grove Road. In addition to the housing units, the Steamboat Barn Village proposal also includes a four-acre public park surrounding the More Barn, a historic structure that has been a local icon for decades.

"We're glad that we can move this thing forward and get the proposal that we all wanted," Berndt said Friday.

Before reaching an agreement for a secondary road, Patten Associates proposed a scaled-down plan for the subdivision that included 50 units on 45 lots.

Citing packed City Council agendas in upcoming weeks, Berndt and Gills said they did not know when the council will be able to act on Steamboat Barn Village.

Also Thursday, the Planning Commission approved an application to allow a second story for all 19 lots in the Willowbrook Subdivision, west of Chinook Lane and south of Walton Creek Road.

The commission approved an application to construct a new, 23,789-square-foot office building at the TIC Business Park on Elk River Road, and recommended approval of the city's "big box" ordinance, involving large retail stores, which commission will discuss with the council Tuesday.

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

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